This isn’t how you grow the game. This isn’t what you do to win over fans. This is precisely why you do not schedule a game somewhere else so close to Opening Day. If the New York Mets and Washington Nationals are rained out on Thursday when they are scheduled to open the season, it means Apple TV+ wins and the fans all lose.
The Chet Hanks of streaming services, Apple TV+ is quickly becoming a Mets villain.
Even before the weather was going to be a factor, Max Scherzer’s debut was set to take place exclusively on Apple TV+. It still probably will with Scherzer slated to start the second game of the season if all goes well. But now, that second game could become the first one. Have some mercy! Give us our Opening Day as intended with the SNY team calling the game.
This will be the third straight canceled Mets Opening Day, too
As if an Opening Day without the voices we're most familiar with isn't bad enough, this would be the third straight year when Mets Opening Day was canceled. It’s only the first due to the weather.
In 2020, we had a pandemic. In 2021, we had a Nationals team down a couple of players which caused the opening series to get rescheduled. This year, we have already had the lockout delay the start of the season. Now, it’s the weather’s turn.
The forecast for Washington isn’t great on Thursday. The only hope may be for Steve Cohen to buy one of those giant Independence Day alien spaceships to hover over the ballpark in D.C. simply to block the rain. Is it too late to invade their planet and steal one?
The last week has been a rough one for the Mets. Jacob deGrom is out through at least May, Scherzer is dealing with a hamstring issue, and other guys are feeling pain, too.
Nobody, though, will feel as much grief as the lifelong Mets fan who was isn't up-to-date with technology. They will have no idea what's happening. Is Opening Day today or tomorrow? Did we miss something? Rainout? But it's sunny here in Boca. What even is an Apple TV+? I have to watch the game on a fruit?