New York Mets fans always love seeing their own players, but there are other teams that bring their own stars that make the games even MORE fun to watch.
The 2021 New York Mets season is closer than you think and the faithful followers of the blue and orange are already looking forward to seeing their favorites like Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and the newly-added James McCann take the field. It’s not all about the hometown team, though. Their opponents bring people with them that can keep Mets fans in the seats when they are up at the plate or pitching.
There’s just something that makes the game so much better if you know that there’s a great player that is worth watching. People flocked to Shea Stadium early to see Mark McGwire take batting practice when he was with the Cardinals – before that whole steroid issue really blew up. Albert Pujols became a must-watch after that. Fans knew that Ken Griffey Jr. was an amazing player. The same could be said of those who watched Tony Gwynn.
This does not make you disloyal in any way to watching your hometown Mets, in my opinion. It makes you a pure baseball fan. I remember once being wowed by an amazing catch that Jim Edmonds made in center field at Shea, diving and catching a ball with his back entirely to the plate. Of course, I still wanted the Metsies to win, but that just made me appreciate the game even more. I still vividly remember it.
Carry that joy of watching those players perform at Citi Field. These are known as the teams that can make “I’ll go to the bathroom/eat after this inning” last nearly a whole game if it’s close.