Franco stopped by the new Dick's location at 1779 Old Country Road on Saturday from 11 until 1 p.m., smiling for photos and signing autographs and baseball mitts for fans, some of them small children.
The sports legend appeared as part of a three-day grand-opening celebration at Dick's, which began on Friday, with special giveaways, including a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line on Friday and Saturday, a free Under Armour Tech T-shirt for the first 100 people in line on Saturday, and a free Scratch & Win card, where every card is a winner, for the first 100 adults in line on Sunday.
Special extended store hours will be in effect for Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Former Mets Captain Franco was a four time All-Star with 424 saves in his career, the fourth most in major league history and the most for any left-handed pitcher.
Beginning at 8 a.m., 350 wristbands were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday for autographs by Franco.
“We look forward to opening our new Dick's Sporting Goods in Riverhead, becoming part of the community and serving athletes of all ages by providing them the equipment they need to excel," said Lauren Hobart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Dick's Sporting Goods.