This past September at Citi Field, after the club inducted Mike Piazza into the team Hall of Fame in front of a packed house, the Mets played their last game of the 2013 season. After five months, the Mets will take the field tomorrow to play their first official game since.
Feb 17, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets position players wait for the field to clear during todays first official day of spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Over the past five months, Mets fans have filled the days with lots of hot stove talk and a solid amount of bickering among one another.
One thing every fan did, no matter what side of the argument they were on, was yearn for the day the Mets would again take the field and play ball.
It’s still frigid in New York and snow and ice remains on the ground. There are questions surrounding the Mets, and the game to be played later today will mean nothing in the standings. But baseball is back.
Our team will take the field adorned in blue and orange and the countdown to opening day will begin.
Perhaps this can be summed up best by a quote from Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby:
"People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
Spring may not be here just yet, especially for those of us who are on the east coast. Maybe the temperatures will start to rise in a week…or two weeks…or three weeks. Maybe…
In the meantime, we can rely on baseball. We won’t have to wait any longer to enjoy it.