On a pleasant spring day, Citi Field opened its doors to another season of Mets baseball.
All the pageantry of Opening Day was on full display and the crowd was ready to cheer on the 2017 New York Mets.
It has been 13 years since another name was called as the Opening Day third baseman, but David Wright still received a warm ovation from the Citi Field faithful.
Not all went smoothly during the introductions. Michael Conforto was again the forgotten man, but this time during the introductions.
The cheers were not only reserved for the Mets. Both R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon were welcomed back to Citi Field despite wearing a different uniform.
New York City recently lost two courageous first responders, and the Mets invited their families to throw out the first pitch before the ballgame.
As expected, once the game got started it was a pitchers’ duel between Noah Syndergaard and Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Syndergaard was dominant. He struck out seven batters in six scoreless innings.
Teheran was just as successful and matched Syndergaard with six scoreless innings of his own.
The scoring started in the seventh inning on an overturned call at the plate. Asdrubal Cabrera collected his third hit of the day, and Wilmer Flores attempted to score from second. He was originally called out at the plate, but after a review it was determined his foot touched the plate before he was tagged.
That called turned out to be huge because the Mets rallied for five more runs that inning.
The biggest blow came off the bat of Lucas Duda. Mets fans unfortunately know all about Ender Inciarte’s defense, but he was not catching the double off Duda’s bat. All three runners came home and the Mets had a 6-0 lead.
Robert Gsellman came in to pitch the ninth and got into a little bit of trouble, but some bad baserunning by the Braves led to a double play that sealed the victory.
After the game, manager Terry Collins was impressed by the excitement felt throughout the stadium.
The 2017 season is still unwritten, but Mets baseball is back. What could be better than that?