The Mets Jonathon Niese stepped nicely into his new role as No. 1 starter and Collin Cowgill’s grand slam capped a splashy New York debut in an 11-2 rout of the San Diego Padres.
Marlon Byrd had a pair of RBI singles and fellow Mets newcomer John Buck was in the middle of three rallies as New York improved baseball’s best opening day record to 34-18 (.654) despite dropping its first eight openers.
The Mets have won 20 of their last 22 season openers at home.
The 26-year-old Cowgill, batting leadoff after winning the center field job this spring, hit his first career slam off Brad Bach in the seventh to make it 11-2. The only other opening day slam in Mets history was hit by Todd Hundley on April 26, 1995, at Colorado.
Star of the Game: Jonathon Niese
Wished I stayed in bed: Ike Davis went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.
Attendance: 41,053, the Mets claim the game was sold out. There were plenty of choice seats available.
One thing to treat Met fans like crap. It’s another thing to take your anger and hatred out on a teammate. Wheeler who may be the future of the Mets and acts already like he is.
Wheeler who often refuses to sign for fans and personalizes autographs when he does – reason is that you will be taking money away from him. The clown has not won one major league game is already like a spoiled major leaguer.
He should have taken a class lesson from R.A. Dickey.
In the first of many incidents to come with Wheeler hit minor league teammate Aderlin Rodriguez on the hand with a pitch during a recent intrasquad game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to WFAN radio on Friday.
Rodriguez was incensed, and the home plate ump had to put himself between the two players, according to the Daily News.
So those of you who want Wheeler, you may rethink this later. I say trade his ass to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton. We need a power hitting outfielder who is a god guy. Not another redneck hot head.
Johan Santana’s left shoulder has failed him again. Now he must decide if he has the stomach for another grueling comeback.
After all that arduous rehab work, all those long hours in the training room and on back fields in lonely Florida, Santana probably will have to endure it all again if he wants to resume his major league career.
Even then, a successful return is no sure thing.
There are 53 players who have been selected to the All-Star Game as members of the New York Mets. Many didn’t really deserve to be there, but were because one player from every team needed to be represented.
Was Lee Mazzilli a player of All-Star caliber, or Joel Youngblood? Willie Mays was on the team as a Met because of his name, not because of his eroding skills.
On December 10, 2003, the New York Mets signed Japanese infielder Kaz Matsui to a three-year, $20.1 million deal. The Mets meant the move to be their answer to the Yanks’ signing the previous year of Hideki Matsui.
In Japan, Matsui had displayed speed, power and durability, and was a seven-time Japanese League All-Star and the 1998 Pacific League Most Valuable player.
Known as Little Matsui, he is a switch-hitter and is known as a stronger, more powerful version of Ichiro Suzuki, the Japanese leadoff hitter now starring for the Seattle Mariners.
In 1999, New York Mets outfielder Roger Cedeno hit .313, with an on base percentage of .396, and a slugging percentage of .408. They would all turn out to be career bests.
Following the season, on December 11, the Mets traded Cedeno to the Houston Astros. After two seasons, the Mets reacquired him — as a free agent — with a 4-year, $18 million contract.
Cedeno was supposed to provide speed at the top of lineup and be a table-setter for big bats like Mike Piazza and Mo Vaughn, and play centerfield.
But soon as the 2002 season began, Cedeno was a target of the Shea Stadium boo-birds — failing in bunt situations, striking out in big situations, and with mental lapses on the field and on the base paths.
The New York Mets decided to test the free-agent waters before the 1992 season. The Mets whose five-year $29 million contract made Bobby Bonilla, eventually won the highest-paid player in baseball history a hectic bidding war.
The deal seemed like a match made in heaven. The rebuilding Mets had added an offensive centerpiece to replace Darryl Strawberry and Bonilla was thrilled to return to his native New York, where his father could watch him play.
At his official Mets introduction, Bonilla told the press, “I know you all are gonna try, but you’re not gonna be able to wipe the smile off my face. I grew up in New York. I know what it’s all about.”
Unfortunately, the marriage of Bonilla and New York wouldn’t survive past the honeymoon — a tenth-inning home run (his second of the game) to defeat the rival Cardinals on Opening Day.
St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman signed with the Mets after the 1990 season via free agency, signing a four-year, $11.95 million contract.
However, his career took a quick downward spiral. Coleman missed 215 games (out of a possible 486) due to numerous injuries and suspensions. Apparently the Cardinals knew something not resigned Coleman.
Coleman was one of three Met players named in a complaint filed by a 31-year-old woman in Florida, although prosecutors did not pursue charges in the case. His base-stealing strategy became increasingly suspect; he often ignored or misinterpreted his coaches’ signs on the basepaths.
Although pitcher Oliver Perez was acquired in a trade back in July of 2006 with reliever Roberto Hernandez for outfielder Xavier Nady. The resigning of Perez back 2009 truly stands out in his Met career.
Perez was included in the deal after the injury of reliever Duaner Sanchez. Sanchez suffered a separated shoulder was injured in a taxicab accident and required season-ending surgery.
Perez was brought up in August and after two subpar starts, Perez threw a complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves in the second game of a doubleheader on September 6, 2006.
After the Mets lost two starting pitchers to injury in the final week before the playoffs started, they were forced to use Perez in the playoff rotation.
New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay comes off the field with trainer Ray Ramirez after crashing into the left field wall and suffering a concussion against the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, 2012.
On December 29, 2009, Jason Bay agreed to a four-year, $66 million contract with the New York Mets, which also included a vesting option for a fifth year. Bay won the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year award with the Pirates and was a three-time All-Star.
In 2009 with Boston, Bay batted .267 with a career-high 36 home runs, 119 RBIs and 103 runs scored – his second consecutive season of at least 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs.