Just last season, New York Mets fans were salivating over having Jacob deGrom healthy and ready to go in Washington on Opening Day. Once he went down, Mets fans were still excited because Max Scherzer was going to step in. Scherzer did not start on Opening Day, Tylor Megill did. While Megill pitched great, Mets fans will soon forget that he made that start.
There are plenty of other circumstances of players fans forgot started on Opening Day. There are four specific players in the last five seasons to remind Mets fans of.
1) Adrian Gonzalez was the NY Mets Opening Day first baseman in 2018
Adrian Gonzalez was a five-time all-star, a four-time Gold Glover, and a one-time Silver Slugger winner in his 15-year career. After a very solid 5.5-year tenure with the Dodgers, the Mets signed 36-year-old Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year deal. Gonzalez had been limited to just 71 games the season prior due to a back injury and the Mets' first baseman of the future at the time, Dom Smith, lost his spot to accommodate Gonzalez.
Gonzalez's Mets debut would occur on 2018 Opening Day in a home game against the Cardinals. Gonzalez was batting sixth in what was a very old and below-average Mets lineup.
Gonzalez's Mets tenure got off to a roaring start as he drilled an RBI double in his third plate appearance as a Met driving in Todd Frazier in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Gonzalez would later score on an Amed Rosario two-run single. The Mets scored five runs that inning and won the game 9-4.
Gonzalez had a big day, recording two hits in three at-bats. He drove in a run, scored a run, and drew two walks as well.
His Mets tenure went downhill after that as he slashed .237/.299/.373 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 54 games. Gonzalez was released in June in favor of the aforementioned Smith.