Today is Opening Day. I just love typing those words. I love hearing them. I particularly love living them. Unfortunately, however, I no longer live in New York and my long-time habit of going to Mets Opening Day has gone by the wayside. I’ve been thinking of how many Opening Days at Shea I went to, and I’m pretty certain I made it to at least 13, the last 10 of them in a row.
I saw Tom Seaver’s return in 1983. I saw Gary Carter hit his first Mets home run to win the game in 1985. I saw the raising of the 2000 National League Championship flag against the Braves, with Chipper Jones being hanged in effigy from the Upper Deck in 2001. I saw the last Opening Day at Shea in 2008, and I cried. But I had left town by the time Shea closed and didn’t get to go back for the Citifield opener. My heart (and my friends) are there today. Thanks to MLB.tv and WFAN.com, I got to hear or see pretty much everything. No, it’s not the same as being there, but it’s all I’ve got so I’ll make the best of it.
I’d thought that the Roku I got for Christmas meant I’d be able to watch the Mets on TV immediately. Unfortunately, it isn’t up and running yet; the message I got when I tried to log in said that I should come back in “mid-April.” It’s a new product, so I will live with 2 weeks of laptop viewing ( hopefully the product will be bug-free by then). The concept is awesome — to bypass the laptop and still get to see baseball games with built-in DVR capabilities and to be able to choose which feed I want. The miracle of modern technology!
The boys played great today. They took advantage of the Marlins’ very bad fielding and won by a score of 7-1. Wright hit a 2-run HR to open the scoring. Bay went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Frenchy went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI. Santana looked great — 4 hits, 2 BB and 1 ER in 6 IP. Frankie pitched a hitless, scoreless 9th to end the game. Here is the box score.
1 down, 161 (and, hopefully, more) to go. LGM!