Tag: Opening Day

Link Roundup: Opening Days Past and Present

In addition to a great ballgame, the Mets honored the heroes of Superstorm Sandy.

In addition to a great ballgame, the Mets honored the heroes of Superstorm Sandy.

It’s too bad championships aren’t won on Opening Day, because the Mets would be a dynasty.  New York is now 34-18 all-time to start the season, and 34-10 since losing their first 8 Opening days.

The Mets started off the 2013 season with an 11-2 victory over the Padres.  Yes, there are 161 games to go, but with all the negativity surrounding this franchise, an energetic win such as this can only help a beleaguered fan base.  Heck, some people are already thinking Wild Card.

Of course, this Opening Day worked out much better than the one in 1994, which was a real Tuffy for Dwight Gooden.

Also opening up the season is the newly minted Triple-A affiliate for the Mets, the Las Vegas 51s.  Here’s the Opening Day roster.  Stay off the strip, boys.

The Mets much-maligned outfield looked good on day 1, with Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, and Lucas Duda all contributing.  For all the competition this Spring, isn’t it odd that there are no platoons?

In another Opening Day subplot, 14-year minor league veteran Scott Rice made his major league debut in the ninth inning for the Mets, and retired the Padres in order.  14 years in the minors…the lefty is either extremely persistent or completely insane.  But he’s easy to root for.

Finally, another Mets LHP you might have heard of, Johan Santana, had successful shoulder surgery.  So, it’s back on the mound, right?  Of course, Johan has another long road of rehab ahead of him.  And we Mets fans are left with wistful memories of his time in New York.

Coming up…game 2!  Matt Harvey will make his season debut.  Make sure you come back to Mets Today for opinions and reactions.


Blog Roundup: Happy Opening Day!

After an offseason of litigation, anxiety, hand-wringing, gloomy forecasts, exoduses, rumors, accusations, malaise, and fear of the unknown, opening day is finally here – the annual reminder of why we love this game.  The long, cold winter melts away to reveal the sight of green grass and the greatest game on Earth.  And after all we’ve witnessed, there’s still a spark of hope.

Here to throw out the first pitch – The Blogs:

  • MMO lists the official Mets Opening Day roster, surprisingly devoid of major injuries.
  • Real Dirty debuts its new look with, among other things, a revue of recent cartoons by the great Joe Petruccio.
  • Metsblog has a view of the application of some final touches to Citi Field.
  • Adam Rubin reports that Jonathon Niese‘s extension is in the books, pending a physical.
  • Mets Police celebrates the arrival of Two Boots pizza (a chain owned by huge Mets fans) to Citi Field.
  • Mets Fever says Josh Stinson was claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Enjoy the season, and check out Mets Today for all the latest news and analysis.


Blog Roundup: Almost There

Earlier today, word leaked that Bobby Parnell could be used as a spot starter.  Then word leaked he might be the first out of the bullpen in a John Q. Bullpen situation (multiple relievers pitch multiple innings in place of an injured starter).  Then finally, it was leaked, er, reported, that he wouldn’t be used as a starter at all.  So there’s that.

In other news, Opening Day (for the Mets, anyway – there will already have been about 12 Opening Days before then) is Thursday.  Why does it already feel like mid-season?

Anyway, on to the Blogs:

  • MMO says the Parnell-as-a-starter thing seems to be nothing but a wild Martino chase.
  • Faith and Fear notices a Mets marketing sign that celebrates the the two most evil men in Mets front office history.
  • Amazin’ Avenue takes a closer look at Citi Field’s new menu.  Mmmmm, Mr Met Head Cake.
  • FanGraphs reports that Jason Bay may be on a short leash.  Hey Jason, did you like that movie, “Platoon?”
  • Mets Fever relays a report that Johan Santana had a shot for pain after his last start.  Then again, the report was by Andy Martino, so in actuality, he probably just had a shot of tequila.  Or maybe Andy misinterpreted the expression, “shot in the arm.”
  • Paul’s Random Stuff gives us an up-to-date look at Mets baseball cards.  WARNING: Dave Telgheder sighting.

The teams are in the pace lap, the green flag is in hand.  Mets Today says, “Gentleman, start your lineups!”