She’ll be the belle of the ballgame.
Callie Quinn, the Mets fan who struck a deal with the team to take her prom photos at Citi Field, has reached her goal of half a million retweets.
On May 18, before the Mets’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, she’ll be posing in a blue prom dress for her photo shoot at the stadium.
“I was just in shock,” Quinn said. “My mom and I were freaking out.”
The teen, a senior at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, was searching for a date to the dance and reached out to the Mets over Twitter a couple of weeks ago to see if they’d consider sending a player to take prom photos with her. Instead, the team invited Quinn for a photo shoot at Citi Field — if she could get half a million retweets.
And that’s not all. On Thursday — before Quinn even met her goal — Mr. Met went to New Dorp High School to surprise the senior. The mascot, doing his best John Cusack impression, held a boombox overhead which played “Meet the Mets” and then held up a sign asking Quinn to prom.
A tearful Quinn accepted.
“We get these kinds of requests but this one really spoke to us,” said Will Carafello, the Mets’ senior director of social media. “It was a fun idea and I think it’s something we can all relate to — finding a date to the senior prom.”
Initially, Quinn didn’t think she had a shot at getting the retweets, until several celebrities started taking up her cause. After just a few days, she had been retweeted a quarter million times, including by William Shatner, Donnie Wahlberg and a handful of the Mets.
“Supporting #CalliesMetsProm all the way. Mets fans, help her out!” former Met, Curtis Granderson tweeted Jan. 21.
Quinn reached 500,000 retweets on Saturday.
She said she hasn’t yet started planning for her big day at Citi Field but she does know she wants her dress to be blue to match her favorite team. She’ll wear the dress again a week later, when Quinn will rent a limo with friends and head to her prom at a venue in Brooklyn.
“I just wanna say that I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me out and retweeted me and helped me get to this point in such a short amount of time,” Quinn said.