This win gives the Mets 28 Opening Day wins in their history. The amazing thing about this fact is that they didn't win a season opening game until 1970, losing their first eight! I believe they have more wins on Opening Day than any other major league team since '70. Has any other team won more openers than the Mets over the last 37 years? If there is, I'd like to know which team that is!
Great opening day win at Shea! The Mets played well, especially Xavier Nady who went 4 for 4. Hopefully he will keep up that kind of performance this year. Now they just need to beat real teams like the Braves and the Astros.
There is nothing better than being out there for Opening Day. The Home Opener is nice, but it doesn't quite have the same feeling as the real Opening Day. Last season, for the Home Opener, it seemed like the game happened, but nobody was really prepared for it. Not this year. Everything was in place. The crowd was ready, the Bunting was in place, and the Mets took the field, and it seemed everything was right with the world.
Tom Glavine's first pitch of the season was a ball outside, prompting my friend to turn to me and say, "That's it, the season's a disaster! Break up the team!"
The first car fire of the season took place behind the bleachers in Left Field during the bottom of the 1st. Took about half an inning before firemen got to the car.
The new guys stood out, especially Nady, who ripped 4 hits, 2 of which led to runs, and LoDuca, who blooped a clutch 2-out hit in the 3rd to drive home the first run of the season.
And, of course, David "The Truth" Wright nailed his first HR of the year in the 6th, a Piazza-esque blast to Right, prompting chants of MVP! MVP! MVP!
Heilman was shaky, but a great relay throw from Floyd to Reyes to LoDuca cut down Soriano at home with the potential tying run in the 8th. Beltran also supplied a key assist from the OF as he cut down Vidro trying to stretch a single to a double in the 9th for the last out of the game, and Yes! A victory on Opening Day!
The only downside to the afternoon came following the game. With the impending construction of a new stadium, it seems more people than normal are using the Subway. This is problematic because the entrances to the Subway at Shea are not quite equipped to handle such large crowds. I had to stand around for no less than 15 minutes until the crowd thinned out. This is going to get messy when they start building the new Stadium and wipe out half the parking lot. We shall see...