For openers, Mets look mighty fine

The Mets have serious playoff aspirations this year, and on Opening Day they played like a team ready for the October stage.

Originally Published: April 3, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- New York baseball fans with a dearth of closer trivia knowledge must have noticed something odd when Billy Wagner jogged onto the Shea Stadium outfield grass Monday. Wagner leaves the bullpen to the sound of "Enter Sandman," the same heavy metal anthem that accompanies Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to the mound.

To which Wagner replies: So what? Rivera might have the history, the World Series rings and the love of a town forged through years of sustained excellence. But he doesn't ...

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