Observations from opening day at Citi Field in no particular order:
Woke up yesterday to rain, snow flurries and freezing temps, not the kind of weather you want to see as you head out the door for opening day. I sat in Section 508 where the wind was whipping and even though the sun was shining by game time, the sun never hit Row 9 Seat 22. As it never fails, as soon as I get nice and comfortable here come three shitheads who have seats at the other end of the row and instead of going down the stairs and around to the side they should be on, they felt it was better to inconvenience the rest of us in Row 9 and walk thru the row to their seats. All that was missing was the three schmucks wearing Yankees paraphernalia.
Happy to report not a Yankee cap or jacket was seen at Citi Field yesterday just a sea of blue and orange like it should be.
Buy the way, Citi Field was packed yesterday so reports from the Mets haters out there that it wasn’t a sellout is pure bullshit.
Pre-game ceremony was great as Howie Rose did his usual fine job as master of ceremonies and the tribute to Ralph Kiner was handled with class. There is a tribute to Kiner on the left field wall that hopefully will stay there beyond this season. I wish the Gary Carter memorial patch stayed on the outfield wall from last year but I guess Wheat Thins check cleared for the spot.
Congratulations to the Murphy’s on the birth of their son Noah. Slante`
I like watching Eric Young Jr. strut to the plate for each at bat that said even with his sac fly RBI in the 2nd inning, his four K’s were brutal.
At what point does Juan Lagares become an everyday player? What else does he have to do to prove he’s earned his job?
Chris Young had a sore quad muscle that kept him out of the game, his understudy Andrew Brown filled in better than you could expect, clubbing a three run homer off Strasburg in the first inning. Sad part is he’s here until Jon Niese gets healthy then it’s off to Vegas. Baseball at times is very unfair.
So Ike Davis had the runs right before game time and then was double switched out with Lucas Duda late in the game. A month from now Ike will be an ex-Met
I’m not going to comment about Curtis Granderson, too early for that.
I never want to hear a fan complain about concession prices ever again, every stand had long lines yesterday, especially the overpriced beer stands.
Very happy for Darren Meehan of The 7 Line as his merchandise was on sale at Citi Field yesterday and seeing Darren proud and happy was as good as anything to come out of opening day.
I could rant for another 1,000 words on the bullpen but what’s the sense? What I didn’t understand (is it too early for this?) was the role of the relievers that Terry Collins used yesterday? I agree that Dillon Gee was on fumes in the seventh inning but why go to Carlos Torres that late in the game? Why not go to Jeurys Familia to get that third out? Torres is not a guy I’d bring in during an inning and Familia was quite impressive this spring, this way you have Papa Grande for the 8th and Bobby Parnell in the 9th. I guess the way Parnell pitched it’s a moot point and I have to think Alderson has to be concerned with Parnell and maybe the club rushed him back too soon and a stint in extended spring training may have been the way to go for Parnell to build up velocity and gain back his command.
Bobby Abreu? Really? Why?
As bad as the loss was yesterday, I keep thinking about all the gloomy days and night I spent with my snow shovel clearing snow that was pushing back at me via the Polar Vortex. How winter just wouldn’t leave even in the morning yesterday but then by 1:05PM the sun was out and I was sitting at the ball park watching baseball. The results sucked but the day was great. So happy to see you baseball, you were sorely missed.