The air is fresh, the grass is green and the hope is eternal!
Opening Day, Baseball 2011 is finally here. Although the Mets don't officially open their season until tomorrow evening (7PM vs Florida. Pelfrey vs Johnson. SNY/WFAN), there is a newness in the air and anticipation in the nerves.
I know that most people believe the Mets have nothing to play for this season, that next season may be a season in which they can contend again, but forget those people, forget those negative thoughts. The phrase "hope springs eternal" can never be more true. The Mets have health, veterans, youngsters and the potential for some solid pitching, as well as a new manager. All of those things can and should provide a fresh outlook and a glimmer of hope.
I'm not crazy, I'm not expecting the Mets to run away with the division this season. But I'm also dead serious with not expecting this team to finish 25 games under .500 and in last place. I am very confident that this group of 25 men will be able to stay competitive and contend for the Wild Card come mid-August and September.
Opening Day is here, and tomorrow for the Mets. All teams have a chance. All have a hope. And for Mets fans, we have an excitement that can wash away this cold, messy winter. Finally, it's here.