Mets almost always test the first test. They also won the opening of the house on Friday, a 10-3 route across the Arizona Diamondbacks featuring a sun-washed Citi Field. This is their 61st season, and it is the 40th time they have won their first home game.
This comes in at a .656 percent of Mets success in their annual bid for New York fans. In all other games, their maximum value is .479. The first point does not always work.
This time, though, things may be different. The Mets have the best record in the major leagues, at 6-2. Missing the Cy Young Award winner repeatedly, the injured Jacob deGrom, however their first with a 1.32 find. He lost two players daily on the Covid-19 injury list on Friday, and he still clings to the poor Diamondbacks.
“It’s a great day to be the New York Met today,” said Francisco Lindor, who did not have the best days last year, in his first season with the team. Lindor scored three times on Friday, walking twice, stealing foundation and shooting for her second and third rounds of the season. In 2021, his third homemer did not return until May 15, and he carried sub-.200 hits almost in June.
For the Mets and their fans, Friday was an opportunity to believe what the organization could be a better one. The Mets finally honored Tom Seaver, who died in 2020, with the statue he deserved years ago: The 10th tall statue of The Franchise. Think of all the parents and grandparents who can point, now and always, as the definition of drop-and-drive, master machine.
The statue, by William Behrends, is located near the door of Jackie Robinson Rotunda, the entrance to the football stadium that Fred Wilpon built. Hold on to the Wilpons everything you want to ignore the Mets’ record when the stadium opened, in 2009, but they understood that a tribute to Robinson could further the team’s loyalty.
The display inside the rotunda, which is heard at Ebbets Field, is a powerful and lasting reminder of the most important figure in baseball history. At the age of 75, Robinson and Brooklyn, a player named after him, Robinson Canó, hit home for the first time that day.
Canó – wearing No. 42, as all players do, once a year, to determine when the color line fell – is a tough light bearer, returning this season after a one-year suspension due to some failed tests due to over-the-counter drugs. But the Mets were happy to have him on the line Friday, Mark Canha and Brandon Nimmo were not available.
All players tested positive for coronavirus – as did bench coach Glenn Sherlock – despite being reported to be asymptomatic. Canha has a complete and recommended vaccine, and Nimmo did not disclose its status. The player may return within 10 days with two non-vaccinated PCR tests, but players with the vaccine are usually allowed to return faster than those who did not get vaccinated.
“It’s a part of life in 2020,” said Manager Buck Showalter, “except for baseball.”
Without Canha and Nimmo, Showalter gave Jeff McNeil his third start on the left and placed Canó second. Travis Jankowski – who played at Stony Brook University ten years ago – started in the middle and sang three times. Starling Marte got off to a good start and did everything: steal, homer, two singles and three runs.
The Mets signed Marte for four years with $ 78 million as part of Steven A. Cohen’s diet before being locked up. It was a lot of money for a 33-year-old athlete who relied on his legs and was once suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, but he agreed with Cohen’s goal to win now.
The Mets opening day series was the oldest in the major leagues, aged 31.3, but played with a youthful spirit; Marte, who loves art, wears a beaded Mickey Mouse necklace. She looks happy with her new place.
“We always help one another,” said Marte through an interpreter. “After the crash, someone would come up to me and point out something to me, or I would give someone advice. But it is a special thing to have experienced young men who can play a part and be willing to help one another. ”
Marte, who finished last season with Oakland, was not the only 33-year-old who was removed from the A-level limit until finishing at Flushing. Founder Chris Bassitt worked hard six games on Friday and won again this season.
For the past, it reminded them of Seaver’s last opener in New York: a six-year-old dazzler against the Philadelphia Phillies starting the 1983 season. wipes away tears.
Now the Big Met is home – good, bronze, back to the team’s glorious days of the day that promised a lot to come.