I have waited for this day since 4:30 pm on September 30, 2007.
The first pitch is just around the corner. This is not your average first pitch for a game in August. This first pitch marks the beginning of a new era. An era that does not include words like “collapse,” but instead an era that includes words like “on the rise,” with Citi Field’s shadows growing larger and larger each day.
The 2008 New York Mets, who many believe will represent the National League in the World Series, traveled to Miami yesterday to prepare for tomorrow’s season opener against the Marlins. While in Miami, manager Willie Randolph and Co. put the finishing touches into the 2008 major league squad well into the day and near the deadline.
Here is the official opening day 25-man roster:
Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, Oliver Perez, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey
Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith, Jorge Sosa, Matt Wise, Billy Wagner
Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, David Wright
Carlos Beltran, Ryan Church, Angel Pagan
Damion Easley Marlon Anderson, Endy Chavez, Brady Clark, Raul Casanova
So Mets fans, when you sit down to watch the Mets tomorrow, you don’t have to watch Tom Glavine pitch and have memories of his 1-inning outing at the end of 2006. You can instead watch Johan Santana and imagine Game 1 of the 2008 World Series.