New York Daily News

 December 24, 2014, 5:28 PM


 

 

Mets captain David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos 

 

Wright, the son of a police officer, had a 15-minute phone conversation with Justin and Jaden Ramos on Christmas Eve and invited the two Mets fans to attend spring training with the team next year.

BY KRISTIE ACKERT, RICH SCHAPIRO

KATHY KMONICEK/AP

An outspoken supporter of the police, David Wright wears an NYPD hat last season on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Nothing can take away their pain — but a Christmas Eve phone call from Mets star David Wright lifted the spirits of slain cop Rafael Ramos’ two sons Wednesday.

Wright, as the son of a cop himself, felt a sense of duty in reaching out to Jaden and Justin Ramos, a source told the Daily News.

The Mets star’s compassion extended beyond the 15-minute call — he also offered Ramos’ sons an opportunity to suit up with the Mets during spring training next spring.

The boys will even get the chance to join Wright and the other Mets players in the dugout for Grapefruit League games in Florida.

"You should have seen them — what a reaction," said a police source who was in the room when the two boys got the surprise call from the Mets' captain.

"They were really smiling. It gave them a few minutes to smile and be excited.

“They are really looking forward to meeting him and spending time with the team,” the source added.

Jaden, 13, and Justin, a Bowdoin College freshman, were plunged into unbearable sadness after their dad, along with Officer Wenjian Liu, was executed by a cop-hating madman Saturday.

Ramos, 40, and Liu, 32, were sitting in their patrol car outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were ambushed.

The gunman — Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, — later committed suicide.

Wright was left shaken after making the emotional call, a source close to him told The News.

It came about after the Mets asked him to represent the team in passing on their condolences to the Ramos boys.

“He talked about how he idolized his father who was a police officer and he couldn't imagine how hard it was for these boys,” the source close to Wright said.

JADEN RAMOS VIA FACEBOOK

Fallen NYPD officer Rafael Ramos (r.) in a picture posted on Facebook by son Jaden (l.).

"When he got off the phone with the boys, he told me it was one of the most meaningful calls he has ever made."

Wright didn’t want to speak publicly about the phone call.

Even before reaching out to Justin and Jaden, Wright had stepped up to the plate in supporting their devastated family.

The Mets slugger — whose father, Rhon, is a retired Virginia police officer — urged New Yorkers to contribute to the Daily News fund to sypport the families of the slain officers.

“My heart breaks for the friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers," Wright said on Tuesday.

"As the son of a police officer, I have the utmost respect for the brave men and women that put their lives on the line on a daily basis.

"They are heroes in every sense of the word," he added.

The day after the shooting, Jaden Ramos paid tribute to his hero dad in a wrenching Facebook post.

“This is the worst day of my life," the grief-stricken teen wrote. "Today I had to say bye to my father. He was there for me every day of my life, he was the best father I could ask for."

Wright has spoken openly about how his father’s career has shaped him as a man.

"My dad is my hero," Wright told the Daily News’ Denis Hamill in May.

"He raised four kids on a cop's salary but never told us the details of his job, about crashing down doors of drug houses and arresting bad guys with guns. If he had, I probably would have had a lot of sleepless nights."