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How to watch or listen the Mets’ first game of the 2021 season

The silver lining in the Mets’ postponed series over the weekend is the television broadcast for their first game.

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With the Mets’ entire opening series in Washington, D.C. having been postponed because of several COVID cases on the Nationals’ roser, the past few days have felt like an eternity. While the rest of baseball has been playing as scheduled, one rained out game in Boston aside, the Mets have been doing workouts and treading water, waiting for their own Opening Day tonight in Philadelphia.

While the originally-scheduled opener was set to be broadcast on ESPN, the Mets’ season will now begin on SNY. If you were to rank all of the ways to watch baseball, SNY’s top-notch production would be at the very top of the list. With Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling in the booth and Steve Gelbs all over the ballpark, Mets fans remain spoiled. Anyone with an subscription who’s tuned in to other games over the past few days to get a baseball fix while we wait for the Mets to play only appreciates them more. And watching a game on SNY is the polar opposite of watching baseball on ESPN.

On the radio side of things, there’s no difference compared to what would have been available on the originally scheduled Opening Day, but things are still sounding good there. In English, WCBS 880 carries the game with Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo on the call, and in a very long overdue change, fans in the area can stream the radio broadcast on the WCBS 880 website or in the Audacy app. In Spanish, WQBU 92.7 carries the game with longtime announcers Juan Alicea and Max Perez Jimenez on the call.

How to watch: SNY, (out-of-market)
How to listen: WCBS 880, WQBU 92.7