Steven Matz Leads Way for Mets in Coronavirus Relief Efforts

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Plenty of athletes have stepped up to lend a helping hand in this time of need as sports have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Mets pitcher Steven Matz is one of them.

The 28-year-old southpaw announced on Friday via Twitter that he and his wife, Taylor, are donating $32,000 to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens — about a 15-minute drive from Citi Field — through their Tru32 foundation, in addition to also donating to the NYPD and FDNY during this time.

Matz, a Long Island native, started the charity in 2015 as a way to help first responders in New York. With New York City, and Queens in particular, becoming a hotspot of the COVID-19 outbreak, Matz felt it was his duty to pitch in and help.

For any of you who want to help us fight the Covid & also rep the brand, I’ll personally match dollar-for-dollar the first 100 Purpose or TRUTH shirts sold. All proceeds go toward Covid relief: https://t.co/uRG3Ngw2k1 #FirstRespondersAreTheTruth #TRU32 #Purpose #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/bxDkJlfosf

— Steven Matz (@Smatz88) April 7, 2020

“This is why we started [Tru32> in the first place,” he told SNY’s Andy Martino on Monday. “In unfortunate times, when tragedy strikes in the New York community, we can use our little platform to help. I've heard over and over again how that specific area [in Elmhurst> had been crushed, and it's right in our backyard where we play.”

Matz is not the type of player to publicize his community work, but it has not gone unnoticed. He has been nominated for two Roberto Clemente Awards and was given the Joan Payson/Shannon Forde Community Service Award by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America this past year.

“If I'm being completely honest, and it might sound cliche … but it all comes from my faith,” the introverted Matz said. “I'm a Christian. I read the Bible. I read what it says, and it says to love others and help others. That's our calling.”

Matz is not the only Mets player chipping in, either. 

Pete Alonso has been recording personalized videos for fans on the app Cameo, which people pay a celebrity or athlete to read a message to them. Alonso is sending a portion of those bookings to his foundation, Homer for Heroes, which helps wounded veterans. 

Per Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, Marcus Stroman, another Long Island native, is using his apparel company — "Height Doesn't Measure Heart" — to support the Food Bank of New York City. Jeff McNeil is also teaming up with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and has set up a raffle for anyone who donates $25 or more will earn a chance to win a signed pair of cleats from the Mets All-Star.