There were plenty of ups and downs during last night’s Opening Day game at Citi Field. I don’t know about you, but a game-losing balk didn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth.
It all started out so well with Tom Seaver pitching a strike to Mike Piazza. From there, it all seemed to go downhill, or should I say down mound?
From starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey falling off the mound and getting hammered in his first few innings to right fielder Ryan Church dropping a fly ball, it had to be one of the ugliest performances of all time by a home team to open a brand new ball park. Another negative was the first home run ever hit at Citi Field during the regular season was by a Padre, not a Met, and it was a leadoff homer.
One of the only bright spots of the night was that David Wright hit a clutch three-run homer to tie the game.
I’m not sure what to make of the stray cat running along the backstop. Was it really that random or did somebody actually sneak a cat in to try to replicate 1969, thereby instilling the new ball park with some good luck? If he or she did, then they weren’t going for historical accuracy since the 1969 cat was black. Maybe that’s why it didn’t turn out so lucky.
But hey, at least we weren’t the Yankees.