April 1, 2013
with Sujan and Marc
Another year, another Opening Day. No complaints from me. I don't care how bad the team I root for is, I love Opening Day. Sujan and Marc, on the other hand, were decidedly nonchalant about the whole thing.
We missed the introductions which is always one of my favorite parts of Opening Day. Oh well, what could I do? I couldn't leave work early enough but I was just happy that I was there.
I was there early enough however to see the season ticket holder of the game and his nose picking son on the big screen. Brilliant.
First pitch! Jon Niese brought it home in front of a lot of empty seats.
You can tell it is going to be a long season when a number of the concession stands aren't even open on a day that is deemed a "sold out" game.
Sujan pointed out the absurdity of an All You Can Eat "deal" that concludes at the end of the 4th inning. God, the Mets are lame.
We found our seats and enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted.
- The game was a beautiful romp for the home team. Newcomer Collin Cowgill hit a grand slam which might have been the first grand slam I've seen on Opening Day since my first Opening Day back in 1982. Eddie Murray, of course, hit it.
- The Mets scored nine runs with two outs and went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Even Jon Niese went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a walk.
- The Mets have won 20 of their past 22 Opening Days when opening in New York.
- The three new Mets
-- Cowgill, Marlon Byrd and John Buck -- were a combined 6 for 14 with seven
RBI and five runs.
- John Buck reclaimed number 44 from the Jason Bay era. I loved watching him run the bases with a whole lot of hustle and a complete lack of speed. I predicted he would become a fan favorite. A monster April proved me correct.
Things Not Known
- Sujan stated, "I don't even know who the Mets manager is." She wasn't kidding. The answer - Terry Collins returning for his third year.
- I didn't know Marc didn't stand for God Bless America. Ballsy.
- The middle schooler sitting behind Marc asked him who was winning at one point. The Mets were winning 11-2 at the time.
- I asked Marc who he was dating these days. He snapped back, "Why? You want to put it in your write up? Don't!" Geez. The guy spends years desperately trying to make these write ups and then all of a sudden has no interest.
- Jason Bay and Bobby Bonilla are the two highest paid outfielders for the Mets.
- Ike Davis went 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts. It hasn't gotten much better since.
- I'm still annoyed that the scoreboard doesn't give me last season's stats to start the game. Do I really need to know that every player has zeros across the board in his first at-bat?
- The new fancy sandwich shop had an unreasonably slow process. Marc learned the hard way.
- The middle schooler behind me said to his friend, "I don't know how adults watch this. Even on TV, this is
boring. I need a souvenir. A foam finger or something. I want to go
- Upon finding out that Bobby Parnell was the Mets closer, Sujan was upset, "Really? This season keeps getting worse." I responded, "He's the poor man's Braden Looper." Sujan retorted, "He wishes he was the poor man's Braden Looper." Man, there was no love for the 2013 Mets on this day.
Hey negative Nellies! The Mets are 1-0!
It was a windy day. There was a brief delay to pick up the trash.
Not many stuck it out until the end. Pathetic. It's Opening Day, it wasn't that cold, and the Mets were winning big!
From the subway, I noticed something for the first time - I had no idea the platform still had signs for Shea Stadium. Amazing.
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