The New York Mets officially opened the season at Citi Field last Friday afternoon, taking on the Washington Nationals in the team's home opener. Despite a 6-2 loss, the excitement was high in Flushing.
"This team's been fun to watch," said first-year manager Terry Collins before the game. "We want our fans to know that when they come here on a nightly basis, they're going to enjoy watching this team play the 81 games we're going to play here in Citi Field."
Ralph Kiner, who is celebrating his 50th year in the broadcast booth, threw out the first pitch. And when the introductions where made, the loudest cheers were for David Wright, Jose Reyes, and R.A. Dickey, while a few boos were showered on Francisco Rodriguez, the troubled Mets closer, and Mike Pelfrey, who after three starts has failed to live up to the pressure of being the Mets number one starter.
Last year, the Mets were hard to beat at home, posting an impressive 47-34 record. Things have been less successful to start 2011. The team has lost three of its first four at home, and as of press time, the Mets overall record for 2011 is 4-6, having just dropped a game at home to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.