NEW YORK (AP) The bruised big apple at Citi Field got a Band-Aid.
A day after being hit by Travis d'Arnaud's long home run, the 4,800-pound faux fruit behind the center-field fence had two large, white strips in the shape of an ''X'' on top of it before Game 2 of the NL Championship Series.
The playful bandage was on there during batting practice Sunday night, then pulled off before the New York Mets hosted the Chicago Cubs.
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D'Arnaud hit the apple with a 431-foot homer as the Mets won the opener 4-2.
The 16-foot-tall by 18-foot diameter red apple, which rises after home runs, is much larger than the old Shea Stadium version, which was 9 feet high and weighed 582 pounds.
The old apple is now stationed near the home plate entrance of the new ballpark.