METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 8, 2011 GAME:
April 10, 2011
The 50th home opener in Mets history and it was my 5th (there was a 6th but it got rained out in 1997).
THE TRAIN RIDE: Talked to some guys and they told me that they were in Port St. Lucie for spring training (FYI, It's on my bucket list, that and a Mets road trip).
THE PRE-GAME: Howie Rose did his usual outstanding intros, Mookie Wilson got a big ovation, so did Wright, Reyes, Ike Davis, Dickey and even Chris Young got a nice cheer but Pelf and K-Rod got booed. The moment of silence was emotional as they put Dallas Green's granddaughter on the video board along with Duke Snider, former Mets manager Joe Frazier among others. The American Flag unfurling was a lump in the throat moment and Michael Amonte did a fantastic job with the Anthem. Ralph Kiner (you better treasure him, Mets fans) threw out the first pitch and Mookie caught it to a great ovation.
THE WEATHER: The winter that won't ever end continued; 42 degrees and very cloudy. I was hoping for a miracle of 65 degrees and sunny but if life were fair, I would be filthy rich and be married to Joy Behar.
THE GAME: Dickey did his best despite a split fingernail and hardly any run support. Then Parnell unraveled in the 8th when Pudge Rodriguez opened the floodgates with a big hit. Jayson Werth (who truly looks like Edge from the WWE) got big boos from his Philly days as well. Many fans left after the Pudge hit but I stayed til the end as usual as a bit of rain hit during the 9th inning. All in all, the food was great (Blue Smoke Ribs, Nathan's and peanuts) and so was the Pepsi Max on tap. But the 2011 Mets are a work in progress and Terry Collins has a lot of work ahead of him.