Greetings from Shea …Opening Day, and if I am not mistaken, the Mets will win today. Or, at least they should. If anything should be a baseball law, then this: The home team should win Opening Day. The Mets today; the Nationals next week in DC. My first regular season interview this year was Nationals manager Frank Robinson, who I covered in Baltimore. He’s a baseball treasure. He’s also part of my Opening Day lore in another way. My dad, cool guy that he is, took my brother and me out of school one year so we could go to Opening Day and watch the Indians and Orioles in Cleveland. The school didn’t care for the idea, but he said everybody should experience an Opening Day when they are young at least once. “Don’t tell me the year,’’ Robinson told me when I relayed the story. “Just don’t tell me the year.’’ Deal. Anyway, it is cold and drizzling. Typical Opening Day weather in the Northeast. I just wonder if they will make us wait for three hours to play if the heavens open like they did last night in Chicago. Early April. At night. In Chicago. Of course the weather will be miserable. And, of course, we’ll be here all day if we have to. Plenty of Opening Day color. Traffic backed up after the Whitestone Bridge. Gave the hawkers of illegal knock-off souvenir T-shirts a captive audience. How can I tell they were illegal? Easy. First of all, a licensed souvenir dealer doesn’t sell in the street for obvious insurance reasons. Second, the way these guys took off when a police cruiser hit his flashers.
Hitting second …For all those who had Paul Lo Duca hitting second in your Mets batting order pools, congratulations. Here’s the order:
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
2B Anderson Hernandez
P Tom Glavine
The first cheer of the season came just now, at 12:37 p.m., when Delgado started running in the outfield.
Opening Day memories …We all have them. What’s yours? If you have an Opening Day memory you’d like to share, let me know.
Take care all, hope you enjoy the season.