The Grass is Cut and the Baselines Are Drawn

February 25, 2009

Today marks the first time the Mets will be competing against an opponent other then themselves. The exhibition game that is scheduled to take place will resemble a glorified practice. Manager Jerry Manuel may feel compelled to jot down the first eight names that come to mind when filling out his lineup card. The pitcher, I expect will be batting ninth. No doubt third base coach Razor Shines will be sure to prep his hitters to swing away. “If I touch my belt, that means bunt,” he could very well say. And pitching coach Dan Warthen could decide right now is as good a time as any to switch up the pitcher’s signs. “Instead of one finger means fastball, two fingers will mean fastball.”

The Mets will be playing against another group of baseball players this afternoon who are just as excited to be back on the baseball diamond as they are. They will attempt to quell their anxiety by swapping stories of last season and congratulate each other for a job well done.

At this point in the baseball calendar, every team assures themselves of one goal: win the whole damn thing. Unfortunately for some teams, their expectations may not be able to sustain themselves throughout an entire season. The reality of baseball, or any sport for that matter, is that athletes get injured. The ones who manage to stay healthy are the ones who find themselves in the best position to succeed.

This season, the Mets have been built for success. The current aura surrounding the team may cause you to suspect that this first year in their new ballpark will indeed, be special. As fans, we are fully aware of the reasons why.

Most recently, I drove up the Whitestone Expressway coming off the LIE travelling east. All of a sudden, my eyes became fixated on something up ahead. Under the highway lights, I saw a sign that read, “CitiField.”

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