It seems that the Mets can’t win a game on a day that they open or close a stadium.
About a half year after the Mets closed Shea Stadium in an embarrassing, losing fashion to fall one game short of the playoffs, they opened CitiField with a loss to the San Diego Padres. It’s a good thing this whole CitiField opening thing more or less canceled out the importance of winning the game.
The excitement began when hall-of-famer Tom Seaver came through the outfield gate with future hall-of-famer Mike Piazza, waving to the fans in attendance. As the two were paired up for the first pitch of CitiField, Seaver took the mound and threw a perfect strike to Piazza.
Minutes later, the game began and the crowd roared. Before half the fans at home were able to find time to sit down to watch the game, Padres leadoff hitter Jody Gerut had launched a home run in the first at-bat of CitiField.
The Padres went on to score a total of four runs before the Mets crossed the plate for the first time in the second inning. Shaky Mets starter Mike Pelfrey was rouged up for a total of five earned runs while he labored through his five innings of work.
David Wright picked up the team’s first hit of CitiField, a double in the bottom of the first inning. He came back around later with a three-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the high-scoring game at five.
Just when the future started to look bright for this game, the Padres broke things open a half inning later with a four-run fifth. That was all they needed, as the Mets crossed home plate only once more in this game.
Despite the loss, the real highlight of the day came before it even started. The Tom Seaver – Mike Piazza combination to kickoff the stadium was by far the best part of the day.
The Mets will finish the final two games of the series with the Padres before welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers into the Big Apple for the weekend series.