By Will Carafello
Former Met John Franco has recorded 424 saves as a big league pitcher. But he is on a quest for more. This time he wants to save a life.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has a new public service announcement that features the famed New Yorker and relief pitcher that reminds riders to wear a mask while using public transportation.
Franco’s voice can be heard throughout New York City’s 472 subway stations. He is featured in this 17-second announcement:
Hey, this is John Franco. I saved 276 games for the New York Mets and now I’m asking you to make a few saves of your own — by wearing a mask on public transit. You’ll keep yourself safe, others safe, and you may even save a life or two.
“My father worked in the Sanitation Department and dedicated his life to help making the City better. For me, wearing a mask on the streets, or in the subways, is just another way of making the City better and helping save lives,” said Franco. “I look at wearing a mask as not just protecting yourself but showing respect for your fellow New Yorkers, especially on the subways where people are so close to each other and social distancing is not always possible. It’s really not that hard — wear a mask; make the trains safe for everyone.”
There is a $50 fine for not wearing a mask while riding on public transit. So complying with wearing a mask will help stop the spread of the virus.
Listen to the Mets Hall of Famer — protect yourself and be thoughtful of those around you by wearing a mask when you are out and using mass transportation.