Breaking News: Johan Santana to Start Opening Day

Some good news out of Port St. Lucie for Mets fans: Jerry Manuel has announced that former Cy Young Award Winner Johan Santana will get the ball on Opening Day — April 5th against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field in Flushing, NY.

I know, it’s April Fools, and you may think this is all a joke … but believe me when I tell you this is absolutely, completely, 100% the truth. If you don’t believe it, you can go to and read it for yourself; it’s also been reported on ESPN.

That’s right, no punch line. It’s official.

Hopefully this news will give you something to look forward to, and cheer about in four days’ time.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. murph April 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    Wooo hoo!
    Let’s go Mets!
    Ya gotta believe!
    The magic is back!
    Catch The Rising Stars!
    Let’s go Mets go!
    Baseball Like It Ought To Be!
    This Is Your Season!
    Amazin’ Again!
    Our team, our time!
    We believe in comebacks!
    Please buy tickets. We painted the stairwells orange and blue! (from

    Who let the dogs out?