The first pitch of New York Mets home opener on Monday will not be thrown by the Amazin's Dillon Gee or by Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, but rather by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field before the Mets season opener against the Nationals, said Marti Adams, de Blasio's spokeswoman.

De Blasio grew up in the Boston area and is a dedicated Red Sox fan.

De Blasio will be accompanied to the mound by six children from the East Harlem Tutorial Program who were affected by the explosion of an East Harlem building earlier this month that left eight people dead.

The game is scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. Monday.