We've made our predictions, speculated, speculated some more, and made more predictions. Now, the only thing that's left to do is play ball. The 54th season of New York Mets baseball officially gets underway today, as the Mets open up against an National League East nemesis that has gotten the better of them recently: the Washington Nationals. In fact, it's the second year in a row the two teams have opened the season against each other.
Watching the Mets
Mets Opening Day coverage gets underway on SNY with a special edition of Mets First Pitch at 2:30 PM EDT, followed by Mets Pre-Game Live which will feature new analyst Nelson Figueroa and new on-field reporter Steve Gelbs. "Let's check in with Steve" just doesn't have the same ring to it yet, though.
The booth announcers have not changed: Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling will be behind the mic for their 10th season as first pitch is set for shortly after 4:00 PM. By the way, expect a few mentions of this being the 10th season of Mets baseball on the network throughout the telecast.
Listening to the Mets
WOR-AM 710 enters its second season as the flagship radio station of the Mets, but this will be the twelfth season for Howie Rose in the booth—and, of course, his tenth season since taking over for Gary Cohen as the lead voice of the Mets. He'll be joined by Josh Lewin for their fourth season together. "The Immortal" Chris Majkowski will remain as producer, as he has for the past twenty-plus years, but Wayne Randazzo replaces Seth Everett will serve as the pre- and postgame host.