Good morning. The weather is beautiful, as it should be for Opening Day. Good weather and the home team winning — those should be baseball laws for Opening Day.
I’ll be there this afternoon live blogging. I hope you’ll take time from your day and join me with your comments on Mets Chat Room. I’m looking forward to communicating with you throughout the season. Hopefully, there will be more wins than losses to chat about.
I’ve been do dozens of Opening Days, both as a fan and journalist. But, one will always stand out. I was growing up in Cleveland and my dad took me and my brother out of school to watch the Indians on Opening Day. The school didn’t care for it, but my dad didn’t care. This was a special father-sons moment that I carried with me longer than anything I would have learned that day.
No matter what happens in the future, I think that one will always be tops for me. How about you? What are your favorite Opening Day memories? Please share, and please stop by this afternoon.
The end of the year always brings moments and memories to mind. What was important during the year? What will I take with me into the new year? It’s a time for reflection, but this year also is the passing of a decade.
So, I ask you:
What was the most exhilarating moment of the decade?
The worst moment?
The one play that will stick in your mind?
The player of the decade?
The bust of the decade?
In Mets history, in 1996, the Mets acquired first baseman John Olerud from Toronto for pitcher Robert Person. The Blue Jays were forced to make the deal because they needed a spot for Joe Carter.
I saw Olerud play a lot when I covered the Orioles and Yankees. He was one of the more soft-spoken players I’ve dealt with, but he sure did have a sweet swing. And, with him at first, the Mets had one of the finest fielding infields in the game.
Atlanta has never been nice to the Mets. The Braves are out of it again, but they are in position to make things rough for the boys. They have not mailed it in. Instead, they seem to be hanging around for the sole purpose of making things rough on the Mets.
They took two of three last week at Shea, so there better not be any sense of complacency. After Washington, you’d think there wouldn’t be any.
There have been a lot of games with the Braves that just gnaw at your memories. Which one still burns in your gut the most?
The Kenny Rogers game? You can have your choice of Armando Benitez meltdowns. Consider it therapy before the weekend. Which Braves games just stays with you.