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Fun is their business: Meet the Kingsport Mets' Fun Patrol

Jeff Bobo • Aug 17, 2019 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT — What’s the best part of being members of the Kingsport Mets Fun Patrol for Kihley Bellamy and Sally Chikone?

That’s simple.

They’re getting paid to have fun.

Earlier this week, ETSU sophomore Bellamy and Dobyns-Bennett senior Chikome took time to visit with the Times News and talk about their Fun Patrol careers.

How do you become a member of the Mets Fun Patrol?

Chikome: “You just have to get an application from the stadium. It’s really that simple. Honestly, just show your interest, and then you can do it.”

What are your responsibilities?

Chikome: “Mainly pregame with kids, like if kids are doing the national anthem. Things like that. We do all the (fan participation) games. We emcee the games. After games, sometimes there’s Kids Club, which is a free club for kids. They run around the bases after the game. Just stuff that’s interactive with the fans.”

Is this the best summer job ever?

Both simultaneously: “Yes!”

Chikome: “We’re not just saying that.”

Bellamy: “I’ve been doing it for four years. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here.”

How hard is (Mets mascot) Slider to deal with in private?

Bellamy: “He’s kind of hard to tame.”

Chikome: “I’m not going to lie. He has his days.”

Bellamy: “He gets in trouble sometimes.”

What’s the best part about being on Fun Patrol?

Chikome: “I honestly think it’s the kids.”

Bellamy: “Yes.”

Chikome: “Seeing how happy simple games make them and seeing their smiles all the time. It puts a smile on my face.”

Bellamy: “And getting to meet different kinds of people from all kinds of different places.”

With the Mets on the road most of next week, the Fun Patrol is on hiatus, but you can see them at Hunter Wright Stadium for the six-game, season-ending home stand Aug. 23-25 against Bluefield and Aug. 26-28 against Johnson City.

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