For some strange reason MLB has decided to have the Mets and Highlanders open the 2013 season at home on the same day and at the same time. Ridiculous! Can you imagine the scene at Grand Central Station with fans crisscrossing to the 4 and 7 trains? Not to mention the added personnel the City of New York will have to put on in the form of police, EMT’s and traffic agents along with the MTA who will have to keep folks on overtime to work the platforms and dispatch. Both teams playing at 1 PM on April 1st was the ultimate Aprils Fool’s joke perpetrated by MLB on NYC baseball fans.
What infuriates me more about this scheduling faux pas is there was an obvious solution; the Mets and Highlanders should have opened the 2013 season against each other.
I’m not a fan of Inter-League play but starting this season, with the Astros exiled to the American League West, MLB now consists of two balanced leagues of 15 team’s apiece. That means every day, there will be an inter-league game played. No more two fortnights of strictly inter-league play, nope, everyday you’ll see AL vs. NL; in fact the Cincinnati Reds will open up at home on April 1st against the LA Angels. So much for the “traditional” baseball season opener.
From the looks of the attendance figures I seem to be in the minority when it comes to the annual Mets-Highlanders contests, I’ve felt the novelty has worn off and it’s mostly the casual” I got tickets from my uncles-neighbors-cousin who works for JP Morgan Chase-kind of crowd but I think a Mets-Highlanders opening season series would be fabulous .
Think about an opening day Mets-Highlanders tangle for a moment. Both sets of fans have been hibernating during this stormy fall and winter. Both fan bases stare at their WRIGHT 5 jersey’s and JETER 2 jerseys while putting on long underwear as they head out to shovel snow? Think about the buildup to this opening day to the point that $63 bucks for Promenade seats would be swooped up in minutes. You wouldn’t as a Mets fan, venture up to the South Bronx for an opening day showdown with the Highlanders then head back to Citi Field for a Mets opening day? Two opening days in one season? Oh Hell yeah!!!!!
In fact since every day is an Inter-League game is the law of the land, every year should be Mets-Highlanders on opening day. Alternate the opening day game each year between Flushing and the South Bronx. Two games at Citi then two games at Highlanders Stadium and vice versa. Fold into that fan friendly attractions for both sets of fans around the city to celebrate the return of baseball which is also the return of spring and warm weather, a total rebirth of the spirit of fans and all New Yorkers.
Sure you could have a snow storm on April 1 but you could also have a 75 degree day as well. April weather in NYC is a crap shoot. The average temps are 61 degrees for a high and 44 degrees for a low, which makes night games in April nuts. But four day games spilt between Citi Field and Highlanders Stadium to start the season is perfect.