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Mets fan Stewie Griffin always gets fed up on Opening Day, despite the team’s high rate of success in openers.
FIRST PITCH: The 53rd Opening Day in franchise history has arrived.
Dillon Gee is scheduled to throw the season’s first pitch at Citi Field at roughly 1:10 p.m.
Washington won the 2013 season series, 12-7.
A pregame ceremony will honor the late Ralph Kiner, with four of his children participating.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Mets are 34-18 in franchise history on Opening Day … and that includes eight straight losses to begin their existence.
Monday also marks the official beginning of instant replay for the Mets.
Monday’s news reports:
• The Mets set their roster Sunday by placing Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list and Matt Harvey on the 60-day disabled list and by sending Eric Campbell, Kyle Farnsworth, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Anthony Seratelli and Taylor Teagarden to the minors.
The 25-man roster:
• Marc Carig in Newsday writes that Gee’s tryout for the Mets before being drafted in the 21st round in 2007 almost did not happen because of rain.
The field was unplayable. And now the Mets’ scout in charge was trying to send most of them home.
He told the group that the workout would be moved to a small indoor facility about 45 minutes up the road. Only 15 could go. Then he read aloud from the list of the chosen few.
Dillon Gee didn't hear his name.
Disappointed, he was ready to begin the long drive home. But before he made it to the car, his father made a beeline toward the scout, Ray Corbett.
“I was embarrassed,” Gee said last week. “But that’s kind of how my dad is. He was probably thinking, ‘I didn’t come here for nothing.’”
• Jared Diamond in the Journal wonders when the next “Harvey Day” will be. Harvey, by the way, accompanied the team from Florida to Montreal and then on to New York and will be at Citi Field on Monday, including performing his rehab pregame by throwing on flat ground.
• Lannan, who made the team as a second left-hander in the bullpen, plans to spend the opening homestand living in the Long Beach, Long Island, house in which he grew up. Lannan will move to Manhattan when the apartment becomes available later this month. Read more in the Post.
• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post offers five reasons for optimism … and five reasons for pessimism.
• Anthony Rieber in Newsday writes about four Mets who can make Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal become reality.
• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post notes the Mets are deep in starting pitching throughout the system.
• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger delves in the Mets’ recent home futility. Vorkunov notes the Mets were MLB’s only team with a winning road record and losing overall record last season.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing declares that on Opening Day, baseball is a metaphor for baseball, which is all it has to be. … The Eddie Kranepool Society opines on what to expect from the Mets, with emphasis on the bullpen being a determining factor in the team’s competitiveness.
BIRTHDAYS: Tom Hausman, who pitched five seasons for the Mets, was born on this date in 1953.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
In good news today, the #Mets are 0-0. #happydaysarehereagain #notlosing
— Shawn Milrad (@shawnmilrad) March 31, 2014
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