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03/30/06 8:27 PM ET

Notes: Mets to work out at Shea

Special practice will be open only to season ticket holders

NEW YORK -- For the first time, the Mets will hold an exclusive "Mets Workout Day at Shea" on Sunday for season ticket and ticket plan holders to watch the Mets' final preparation for the 2006 season. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the Mets scheduled to take batting practice at 12:30 p.m.

The Mets open the season at Shea on Monday with a 1:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals.

"Mets Workout Day at Shea" will include a number of interactive games and attractions, including:

• Autograph sessions with former Mets Rusty Staub, Ed Kranepool and Ed Charles

• Mr. Met and the Pepsi Party Patrol meet and greet and T-shirt giveaways

• Interactive games for fans of all ages, courtesy of Delta Air Lines

• Amazin' Fan Photos

• Special Diamond Vision programming

Tickets to "Mets Workout Day at Shea" are available only to holders of season tickets and ticket plans. Season ticket and ticket plan holders have postseason ticket purchase options. Continuing season ticket holders through the 2008 season will also have priority in purchasing season tickets in the new Mets ballpark, which is scheduled to open in 2009.

The big hat trick: Mr. Met was on hand Thursday to help unveil the world's largest inflatable New York Mets cap in conjunction with New Era, the maker and marketer of Major League Baseball's official uniform cap.

The inflatable cap has been strategically positioned atop a water tower by the 59th Street Bridge. The cap's dimensions are size 61 1/4 -- 14 feet tall and 16 feet wide.

To kick off the 2006 season, New Era has created the world's largest inflatable New York Mets and New York Yankees baseball caps ever produced. Throughout the course of the next month, a total of two Mets and two Yankees caps will be strategically positioned where New York City baseball fans can appreciate their team's colors.

New Era, which has been the official on-field cap for MLB since 1994, plans to open its first flagship retail location in early May in downtown New York.

Coming up: The Mets will play host to the Cardinals on Friday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at 1:10 p.m. ET. Pedro Martinez will go for New York, while Mark Mulder gets the call for St. Louis. The Mets and Cards will then wrap up Grapefruit League play on Saturday afternoon in Jupiter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.