April 1st: This Date in Mets History

Today is that most glorious day of the baseball season: Opening Day for the Mets. In honor of this great occasion, let's take a look back at illustrious moments that occured on this date in Mets history.


1948: Future Mets owner Fred Wilpon meets Bernard Madoff: a new stickball teammate of his. Fred accidentally breaks Charles Ponzi Jr.'s window. Neither realizes how cruel karma is. 

1963: Met infielder Rod Kanehl celebrates his 29th birthday. His teammates look at his cake and spend 45 minutes laughing about the fact that his name is "Rod". 

1964: The Mets have their name legally changed to the "New York Rods" for one day. Kanehl is still not amused.

1971: Dave Marshall hits 6 home runs. Everyone assumes it's a prank.

1975: Rusty Staub's 31st birthday. Staub was glad his teammates didn't do anything too crazy. At least he wasn't this guy.

1981: Future Mets batboy Rick Blevins Dick Stevens Nick Evans Who W. Ho is born, maybe.

1985: "Irish Hammer" Daniel Murphy is born. Toddler Leonard Davis attempts a rough slide into Mrs. Murphy's womb. 

1994: 1963 Met Roger Craig calls Rod Kanehl to wish him a happy 60th birthday, calls him "Little Rod". Kanehl hangs up. 

1999: A letter from a young Sam Page convinces the formerly beardless RA Dickey to grow his now trademark beard. 

2001: The Norfolk Tides hold "Rusty Rod Day" to honor the birthdays of Staub and Kanehl. No one takes it the wrong way and nothing questionable happens. 

2010: Jerry Manuel puts out an April Fools Day prank lineup and forgets to change it before Opening Day. 

2011: A young Mike Massaroli stays up past midnight to write a probably mildly humorous FanPost for April Fools Day.  

2034: Nick Evans hits his 1200th career home run, including 13 that evening. He is optioned to AAA Venus after the game. 


Edit: Damn strikethrough feature is so glitchy. 

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