The first weekend of Mets baseball has finished and even though it may not have been the most exciting, it was nice to see some version of games again. I followed as much as I could on my computer. Gary, Keith, and Ron were back in the booth for SNY and of course we checked in with Kevin for the first time this year. It was fun seeing #MetsTwitter active and tweeting about games again, too.
Shaun Marcum got things started yesterday against the Nationals. Zack Wheeler, Cory Mazzoni, Darin Gorski, and Bobby Parnell also got in the game. Admittedly a little amped up, Wheeler threw two scoreless innings to start his season. Future closer Bobby Parnell even got the save. Ruben Tejada homered off Stephen Strasburg and Collin Cowgill immediately had fans asking for more Cowgill.
So maybe it was exciting.
Today the Mets played against the University of Michigan baseball team as well as the Astros. In the game against the Astros the bullpen gave us another taste of what the Mets have been eating since 2007 as they blew a 6-1. The game eventually ended in a tie, because it's Spring Training and that can happen. Matt Harvey and Travis d'Arnaud were the starting battery against the Astros and like Wheeler yesterday, they were both ready to play real baseball. Before the game d'Arnaud said he had to listen to classical music to calm himself down and if he hadn't gone 0-for-3 that might have become his new pregame ritual.
Any day I can spend watching baseball is a good day. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't jealous of what looked like beautiful weather in Florida as I sit in still-freezing Boston. But seeing David Wright and his Mets reminds me that baseball will be up north in a matter of weeks.
It was great seeing Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas play in the same game. You know, and I got to confirm that they still exist even though they were exiled to that Canadian organization in the American League. Mike even got a hit today!
Baseball is back and it's not going away until the month that has Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful feeling.