The Mets almost always echo the first test. They won another home opener on Friday, bathing in the sun with a 10-3 rout of Seattle Field over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is their 61st season, and for the 40th time they have won their first home game.
This works out to be .656 winning percentage for the New York fans in their annual introduction to the Mets. In all other games, their winning percentage is .479. The first impression is not always made.
This time, though, things can be really different. The Mets have the best record in the big leagues, at 6-2. They are missing the two-time Green Young Award winner, the injured Jacob de Groome, yet his starters have a 1.32 earned run average. They lost two daily outfielders to the Quad-19 injured list on Friday, and still beat poor Diamondbacks.
“Today is a great day for New York Mets,” said Francisco Lindor, who didn’t have enough days last year, in his first season with the team. Lindor scored three runs on Friday, walking twice, stealing a base and his second and third home run of the season. In 2021, his third homer didn’t come until May 15, and he averaged a .200 batting average in June.
For the Mets and their fans, Friday was an opportunity for them to believe that the organization could be their best. The Mets eventually honored Tom Saver, who died in 2020, with the statue he deserved earlier this year: a huge 10-foot memorial to the franchise. Think of all the parents and grandparents who could point to him, now and forever, as the definition of drop and drive, a master’s in mechanics.
The sculpture, of William Bernardes, which stands near the entrance to Robinson Rotunda, is the main entrance to the ball park that Fred Fulpen made. When the stadium opened in 2009, you pushed all of Volpone to ignore the Mets’ history, but they understood that paying tribute to Robinson would end the team’s loyalty.
The rotunda displayed inside, which draws to Abbotsfield, is a powerful and lasting reminder of the most important man in baseball history. On Robinson’s 75th birthday with Brooklyn, a player named for him, Robinson Cano, hit his first home run of the day.
Canó – to wear the number 42, as all athletes do, once a year, to mark the moment the line goes in color – a challenging torchbearer, one for another failed test for performance enhancing medicines. He is back this season after a year-long suspension. But the Mets are happy to have him in the lineup Friday, with Mark Canha and Brandon Nimmo not available.
Both players tested positive for the Corona virus – as did Ben Coach, Glen Sherlock – though they were told they were symptomatic. The cannabis has been fully vaccinated and expanded, and Nemo has not revealed his status. A player can return 10 days in advance with two negative PCR tests, but vaccinated players are usually cleared to return sooner than non-vaccination.
“It’s part of life in the 2020s,” said manager Buck Showalter, “let alone baseball.”
Except for Canaho and Nimmo, Showalter gave Jeff McNeill his third start in the left field and put Cano in second. Travis Jankowski – who starred at Stony Brook University a decade ago – started in centerfield and sang three times. Sterling Mart got his usual start right and did it all: a steal, a homer, two singles and three runs.
Mats Mart signed for four years and $ 78 million as part of Steven A. Cohen’s pre-lockout costs. It was a lot of money for a 33-year-old player who had his feet amputated and was once suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, but he is now hit with Kohino’s mission to win.
The Mets’ opening day list was the oldest in the majors, with an average age of 31.3 years, but they play with the young spirit; Mart, who loves cartoons, wore a necklace with a shiny Mickey Mouse pendant. He looks passionate with his new environment.
“We are always helping each other,” Mart said through a spokeswoman. “After the hit, a person will come in and point me, or I’ll point at another person. But it’s really important that people participate in these different levels of experience and be willing to help each other out.
Mart, who finished last season with Auckland, was not the only 33-year-old cast-off to wind up in a flurry of cost-cutting A’s. Starter Chris Bassett pitched six strong innings on Friday and won for the second time this season.
For the old-timers, the pitching lineup of Severn’s final opening performance in New York was called to mind: a six-inning dazzler against the Philadelphia Phillies to start the 1983 season. That season ended badly for the Mets, who finished in last place and then lost to the Chicago White Sox when they failed to save him in the free agent compensation draft.
Now the biggest mats house is – for good, in the Broncos, an afternoon call to the team’s glorious day that promises to be more.