Mets’ Matz at Bowlero
Steven Matz at the opening of Bowlero in Sayville.

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Mets’ Matz at Bowlero

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
11/2/2017


SAYVILLE—On Saturday, Oct. 28, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz, 26, attended the grand opening of Bowlero Sayville on Sunrise Highway and while doing so, raised awareness to a program he founded, Tru32. The East Setauket native threw a few frames while a crowd of autograph-seeking fans cheered him on. 

The lefthander, however, made sure to bowl right-handed, since, back in August, he underwent season-ending surgery to reposition the irritated ulnar nerve in his left elbow. But, despite his setback, Matz is excited about the upcoming season. 

“Everybody is firing on the right cylinders,” he said. “And we have this new, enthusiastic manager coming in. Everyone is really excited about him.” Matz is, of course, referring to Mickey Callaway, the former pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians. “He has a great history of being a pitching coach,” Matz added. “I think he’s going to be very beneficial to the team.” 

During Callaway’s time as pitching coach, which began prior to the 2013 season, the Indians produced a Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber, in 2014. The club, in 2017, also led the Major Leagues in both ERA (3.30) and pitching strikeouts (1,614). Callaway was named Mets manager late last month after Terry Collins’s contract expired at the end of the season. 

Matz also took the afternoon to raise awareness for Tru32, a program he started for the nonprofit organization Pastime With Purpose in 2016 as a way of honoring first responders and the work they do for our communities. Matz, who wears No. 32, has hosted 32 first responders at every Wednesday home game during the last two seasons. “It’s something I started to show a little appreciation for the police, the fire department, and servicemen and women,” he said, “but we’re always looking to expand, particularly to the families of first responders who are in need. And I am grateful to the people at Bowlero for helping me get the message out.”

Colie Edison, chief customer officer at Bowlero AMF, said the company brand was thrilled to have Matz host the grand opening of their second location on Long Island. “Over 300 Long Islanders turned out for the event, which was a huge success,” Edison added. “All of the donations will benefit Steven Matz’s Tru32 initiative for Pastime With Purpose.” 

Matz added that with all the traveling he does, it’s always nice coming back home. “I went to Ward Melville High School. I really enjoyed my time coming up there. I feel like I got a great education. I’m proud of my roots here on Long Island.”

Bowlero Sayville, formerly AMF Sayville Lanes, boasts 60 bowling lanes (the most on Long Island) outfitted with black lights, lounge seats and high-definition video walls. The venue also features lane-side food and beverage service, which delivers Bowlero’s nationally recognized menu to guests while they bowl. Located at 5660 Sunrise Highway, their new arcade also features over 30 titles, including “Jurassic World,” “The Giant Crane,” and “Space Invaders Frenzy.”