The Mets welcomed only 8,492 fans to their home opener on Thursday, but they completed them at Citi Field. So when High Drama came to the bottom of the ninth-tie game, the two men cascaded from all corners of the ballpark as a Met – Reaction to Francisco Lindor at the plate in their first home game.
The Miami Marlins, who are bad-tempered, called for deliberate running. Orange T-shirts had rain from the upper terrace of the gross ranging from the ground suites to the upper ground to the ground die-hard.
The strategy was sound. The next batsman, Michael Conforto, apparently took a slider in the middle for the third strike. But off the pitch, Anthony Bass, smacked Conforto’s elbow pad as he leaned into it, and became the game-winning run in the second inning.
“A win is a win. It’s over, but I would like to use the bat next time,” Conforto said, adding that he knew he would be killed, but did not feel that his elbow was out yet. ” In two attacks, I went into battle mode, and when I’m in combat mode, I bow down to the plate. “
So it was, a 3–2 Mets victory in the first home game under new owner, Steven Cohen, who could run the Mets for decades and not like the second one at all. For the first crowd at City Fields after the 2019 season season finale, the takeaway was not the magic of a new star, but rather the bizarre attraction of an old game.
“It was an interesting call to make sure,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “But we’ll take the call and take a walk-off.”
The replays observer confirmed that the ball struck Conforto, although that part of the play was not in doubt. Providing him first base was a decision call, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that the plate umpire, Ron Kulpa, said he could not reverse it by playing again.
“I really think he knows it was a strike, and he can’t go backwards in his mind,” Mattingly said. “To be honest with you, I’m sure that sounds awful, because they don’t want to do that, either. They don’t want to mess up the game – not necessarily mess up the game, but they end up like a strike. Don’t wanna. “
He was right about that. As Kulpa told a pool reporter: “The man hit the pitch in the strike zone. I should have called him out. “
The Mets were probably due to some good fortune, anyway. Before the game they lost reliever Dallin Betings to the injured list with a shoulder injury, another rotten blow to Betting, well-liked, used the Yankees All-Star four times.
The daughters were signed under former owner Fred Wilpone, who in recent years had made a habit for mindless expenses – when they spent, ie. The arrival of Cohen, who last week endorsed Lindor to spend big by signing a 10-year, $ 341 million contract, is a god’s refuge for fans. He delivered a scoreboard message at the pregame ceremony performed by Cohen and his wife, Alex during the pandemic sanctions.
There was no giant flag, a national anthem sung from the center-ground arena and a taped video segment served as the ceremonial first pitch. Fans had to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test for vaccination or admission; The team set up a tent for screening in the parking lot near Home Run Apple. Inside the park, Zip-ties locked off-limit seats to their upright positions. Mr. and Mrs. Mate were wearing masks – and yes, the mask covered their huge noses.
Some concession stands were closed and most of the enclosed spaces were closed, such as a children’s souvenir shop in the right-field corner and the newly named Piazza 31 Club in the fifth level of the rotunda. But there were plenty of places to spend money: $ 18.75 for a helmet filled with nachos, $ 125 for a game-used lineup card from a blowout loss to Baltimore last September. Before the first pitch, dozens of fans clashed in line at Shake Shack, not making a ballpark for social distance.
Pregame talk – still only on video conferences, alas – was largely about the vaccine. Coaches have gotten it, Rosa said, and the team held an information session about it in Philadelphia this week. Vaccines were scheduled to become available to players after Thursday’s game, though most were concerned about whether they would get the shot.
“Well, I’ll put it this way,” said first baseman Pete Alonso. “I’m in a vaccine commercial, right?”
Alonso was more excited about the return of fans to the City ground. He missed the fans a lot, he said, not even the enemy’s territory was so bad.
“I’m glad to see a group of Philadelphia fans that I’m playing three games in Philly, I never think I’m happy.” “They were really enthusiastic, they were really into the game. It was great. I know they were booing us, but I kind of missed it.”
Fans also boo in Queens, and some jeered Conforto when he finished seventh from the grounding in a double play. But the ninth rung was a joy, starting with a game-tying homer to the upper deck in the right by Jeff McNeill, who turned 29 on Thursday and leapt his bat with both hands in celebration.
“I’ve never batted before – it was fun for the first time,” McNeill said. “My first hit was a big house race on my birthday. Just an incredible day. “
Luis Guillerme sang a song with one, Brandon Nemo doubled him and then a walk by Lindor brought Conforto to the plate. “let’s go!” Lindor shouted at her.
“For me he was fired,” Conforto said. “He expelled me too. I wanted to make sure that I don’t do what I get the most.
Instead, a pitch got him short, and the Mets went away with the win.