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Opening Day: Let’s Go Mets!

Posted by JD on April 5, 2010

Not to belabor the point, but Opening Day is finally here. No more guess work, no more speculation. For several reasons that I just don’t feel like addressing anymore, the Mets endured what felt like* one of the longest offseasons in franchise history. For better or worse that’s all behind us now and I’m excited to see how it translates on the field.

*I say “felt like” because we’ve been through plenty of “long offseasons” before. You know the drill: the team stinks, the team makes changes, the fans analyze and over-analyze each move, much disagreement, argument, name-calling, and teeth-gnashing ensue, the team fields a roster that may or may not be better than the previous seasons’, and we enter the new season with question marks galore. If this feels familiar, it’s because it IS familiar. I really think 1987 might be the last time we DIDN’T go through this cycle, but I can’t be sure because I was 10 at the time and Al Gore hadn’t invented the inter-webs yet, so what do I know? But I digress (and not for the last time).

Actually, I’m excited for several reasons:

I’m excited to see the offseason improvements to Citi Field. I’ll be arriving early, leaving plenty of time to see the Home Run Apple, the new banners, the additions to the fanwalk, McFadden’s, and the museum. All of these upgrades should have been included when the park opened, but at least they’re there now. I’m going to do my best to drink it all in before the game starts.

I’m excited to see the sight-lines from my new seats. After much hand-wringing, my group decided to move out of our digs in section 518* for the promised land of section 513. We struggled with it for a few weeks before succumbing to the sales pitch our (very helpful) ticket rep gave us. For me personally, it was a necessity. I don’t like to publicize personal issues (and I still don’t really want to get into it), but we had a real conflict with the person seated next to us. While I’m sure she’s actually very nice in real life, we just could not peacefully coexist on a permanent basis. So, we temporarily crossed the aisle into section 517 before our rep persuaded us to move down a few aisles (and over a few sections). Now we’re in uncharted territory, a group of four seats perched above the entry gate to 513. I trust that we’ll be happy with the move, but not without some trepidation. For better or worse, it’s the dawn of a new day.

*Of course I struggled with the name of this blog (and my Twitter account) for a long time. It boiled down to inertia and sheer laziness: I just couldn’t bring myself to relaunch. A complete inability to come up with a catchy name contributed mightily. Damn my lack of creativity.

I’m excited to see the player introductions. Sure, I don’t agree with some of the roster moves (the inclusions of Jenrry Mejia, GMJ, and Mike Jacobs in particular) and I’m disappointed that two of my favorite players, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, won’t be able to join us. But I still get a kick out of watching the Shea Citi-faithful great their team. Who will get the loudest cheers,* who will get the biggest jeers,** and how will they respond? I know it’s trivial, but it’s the kind of minutia I revel in.

*I suspect it will be David Wright and Johan Santana.

**I’ll be shocked if Oliver Perez doesn’t trump Luis Castillo, though I’ll be cheering for both. Sue me. GMJ? TBD.

I’m excited to see the in-game presentation. I’m a card-carrying dork and I love the little things: the songs played for each player when they come to the mound/plate, the between-inning gimmicks (Jumbotron spots, the Kiss Cam, fan text messages…you name it), the vendors hawking various goods in their unique styles, all of the minutia and gewgaws that separate the in-stadium experience from watching on TV. Will the Mets have an eighth-inning sign along? Will it be the insufferable “Sweet Caroline”? Will I still be able to boo if I lose my voice singing “Lazy Mary”? It’s all part of the spectacle that is Opening Day.

By the way, if you haven’t already, take a minute to click on that last link: it’s the final seventh inning stretch at Shea Stadium. If that doesn’t fire you up a bit, then maybe, just maybe, you’re a little too jaded (and thank you ebaseballparks for capturing that moment).

Most of all, I’m excited to watch meaningful baseball again. Our Mets make for a curious underdog: sporting one of the highest payrolls in baseball, they have several clearly-identifiable weaknesses that prohibit even the most optimistic Mets fan from declaring them pennant-contenders. To say they have some issues to overcome is to put it nicely, but stranger things have happened. The journey starts today. A lot of things of will happen over the next six months. There will be highs and lows and we’ll cheer and boo and be elated and get crushed, all in turn. It’s sure to be a rollercoaster, one which may well go careening off the rails, but we’ll be there through it all, loving and hating our team with all the passion we can muster. That’s the beauty of being a Mets fan, and I can’t wait to begin anew.

For one brief, shining moment, every team’s record is the same: 0-0. But that all changes as soon as Johan Santana takes the mound at Citi Field. Let’s all be sure to enjoy the day, and Let’s Go Mets!

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Opening Day*

Posted by JD on April 4, 2010

I’m a baseball fan. I love the Mets, first and foremost, but I love watching Major League Baseball. Prior to getting my season tickets, I would camp out on Opening Day and watch as many games as I could. I watch as many games as I can during the season and listen to almost as many on my Sirius-XM radio, particularly Kansas City and Colorado games (not sure how that happened, but it did).

But Opening Day became more than a little devalued to me when MLB decided to move away from having Cincinnati open the season. That was a piece of tradition that I loved and the Sunday night openers don’t have the same impact to me as a result. This year pushed me over the edge: I can’t bring myself to watch the Yankees and Red Sox. They happen to be two of my least favorite teams and I just don’t want to watch. That being said, I can’t avoid the Twitter updates. I’ve been watching the ebb and flow of the game via Twitter and couldn’t help noticing that Terry Francona opted to use Scott Schoeneweis in the fifth and sixth innings.

I think I’ve made my thoughts on Schoeneweis clear here and here, but I’ll say it again: I’m rooting for the guy. It was encouraging to look at the box score and see that he struck out Curtis Granderson (after throwing a wild pitch to start the inning) to end the fifth and record two outs in the sixth. I want him to succeed and that was a crucial debut performance for the Sawx.

Now, I realize that he’s not the most popular ex-Met. As I mentioned in my previous post, our last memory of him was surrendering the game-winning home run in the final game at Shea Stadium. And, as @tippingpitches pointed out, he didn’t endear himself to fans in Milwaukee (again, I’m not even going to try to analyze those comments). That doesn’t change my stance: he was misused and under-appreciated in New York, and never really got a fair chance to shine. Call me stubborn, call me misinformed, but I’m going to root for the guy. His success tonight is the only thing I’m going to take away from the first official ballgame of 2010.

Tomorrow is another story. I can’t wait for the gun to go off. I’m excited about our Mets, and I look forward to following their ups and downs throughout the next six months (and over-analyzing them along the way). It will probably be a long season, but it can’t start soon enough for me.

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Happy Recap! Not So Fast…

Posted by JD on May 23, 2009

What a game! Omir Santos hit a clutch, clutch, clutch (too many clutches?) home run. The Mets came from behind, JJ Putz closed the door, and all was well in the world.

Or was it? While SNY twiddled their thumbs (and showed Yankees highlights), Twitter exploded after the win with bad news:

@metsjetsgirl ogh;sfugahifgha Frankie out indefinitely with back spasms. Seriously, what are they feeding this team???

@metsgeekette Arrrrrrrrrrrre youuuuuuuuu kidding me w/ this injury plague BS?!?!?!!!!?!??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lajs;dkjf;alsjf;lgajslkdjfasd

@fullnelson What the Frack? (New York Mets) RT @kerelcoop RT @NYPost_Mets K-Rod is now sidelined indefinitely by back spasms.

@fifthand56th RT @NYPost_Mets K-Rod is now sidelined indefinitely by back spasms.

@fifthand56th Oh god… RT @NYPost_Mets: K-Rod just collapsed from the spasms outside the clubhouse and is requiring medical attention.

@maverick4880 RT K-Rod just collapsed from the spasms outside the clubhouse and is requiring medical attention.

@fifthand56th RT @NYPost_Mets K-Rod is now crying from the spasms as the EMTs arrive.

@hotfootblog Ok, NOW it’s a crisis. RT @NYPost_Mets: K-Rod just collapsed from the spasms outside the clubhouse and is requiring medical attention.

@metsgeekette ohshitohshitohshitohshit #frankiefeelbetter

@hotfootblog RT @NYPost_Mets A stretcher has just been called for K-Rod outside the clubhouse.

@BothTeamsPlayed Machine now understands why you cry. (Not directly related, just seemed appropriate).

@maverick4880 @NYPost_Mets was first to post the K Rod Situation.

@metsgeekette Twitter is blowing my mind right now. #frankiefeelbetter

@maverick4880 Praying for K-Rod…this is a sad situation if it is serious

@kerelcoop RT @NYPost_Mets: K-Rod just collapsed from the spasms outside the clubhouse and is requiring medical attention.

@djeffreys @mets_geekette same goes for me…after the high of that win, that is quite a low. Hope K-Rod feels better with some medical attention!

@avivero212 @Section518: *BLANK STARE* Whats in the water over there or what type of new xcerise regiment are they practicing? *SMH*

@jamiekrycek WHAT????? no way. #mets RT @NYPost_Mets K-Rod is now sidelined indefinitely by back spasms.

@metsjetsgirl [Too soon... til we find out what's wrong!!] RT @Section518: RT @hotfootblog: There’s no crying in baseball! (too soon?)

@MetsMerized Everyone pray for K-Rod the person, and that whatever is going on will pass and that he’ll be ok.

@djeffreys I’m hopeful that , in a fit of rage, Jonathan Papelbon hacked Bart Hubbuch’s twitter feed. Is that too much to ask?

@metsgirl4ever RT @MetsMerized: Everyone pray for K-Rod the person, and that whatever is going on will pass and that he’ll be ok.

@metsgeekette @djeffreys That would be an ingenious use of technology by Papelbon. I wish it.

@fifthand56th Oh my goodnessss I love twitter right now, more than ever. #mets

@michealnichols @ChrisCarlinSNY keeps plugging KRod interview. Do they not know what happened?

@hotfootblog Interview with K-Rod by Kevin Burkhardt on SNY coming up. Not sure when he did the interview, had to be before he collapsed.

@fifthand56th @NYPost_Mets Thank you for the K-Rod updates as everything was happening, it was definitely appreciated. I hope he is alright… :(

@metsgeekette RT: @pattigibbons: RT @MetsMerized Everyone pray for K-Rod the person, and that whatever is going on will pass and that he’ll be ok.

@metsfanforever I truly hope he’s all right

@NY_Post_Mets Here is more on the K-Rod medical situation: http://bit.ly/Gi5Tr

@maverick4880 @NYPost_Mets Thanks for the updates….

@justinleon Fffffffffffdffffffffuuuuuuuu k-rod :(

@KBurkhardtSNY KRod’s back spasms are a problem. He needed medical attention just to leave the clubhouse and was in tremendous pain. Great win though.

@jamiekrycek Poor Frankie. Pain absolutely sucks. That much pain? Yikes. Feel better soon, K-Rod. #mets

@metsfanforever I am so worried about K-Rod.

What a great win, what a rollercoaster ride after the game. Horrible, terrible, indefensible job by SNY. They’re supposed to be the home of the Mets. Instead, they wasted all of our time. Best wishes to K-Rod. Get well soon!

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