McDonald: Good Times In Queens

Everything seems to be going right at Citi Field these days. It’s almost like eight years of bad karma has turned around all at once.

Even the Met promotions are ones everyone can get behind, like this one they announced today.

“The New York Mets today announced that for every run scored by the Mets during the Subway Series this weekend (April 24-26) at Yankee Stadium, fans will save $1 off the box office ticket price for select seats during the Mets April 30-May 6 homestand at Citi Field when the Mets host the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.  

The Mets have averaged 4.5 runs per game in the 15 games this season. The more runs the Mets score, the greater savings for fans. For example, if the Mets score 14 runs over the course of the three games, fans save $14 off select seats. Tickets for this promotion will go on sale approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of Sunday night’s Subway Series game at”

So this is a “Screw the Yankees, Screw The Wilpons” promotion, which is something every Met fan can get behind. What’s next, Jeff Wilpon going into the dunk tank beyond center field?

It’s easy to laugh at this right now, as the Mets are just on fire over the past 10 days. Players get hurt and it doesn’t matter. The pitching has been great and the hitting has been timely.

And the scary part is the lineup is just starting to heat up.

Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson are both on the interstate, although the latter has become a walk machine at the top of the lineup.

David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud are both on the shelf, while Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores just started heating up.

All in all, it makes for a decent team, which no one expected to be this good so early in the season.

But as well as they played the first three weeks, there’s still a little over five months to go and this marathon will have its ups and downs.

And before you get your hopes up, there’s almost no chance of the Mets going 159-3, so expect a few losses and disappointments along the way.

It’s how the Mets handle those valleys that will define the team. After a bad loss – and again, it’s coming – do they battle back the next day. How about when they lose a couple in a row? They have the pitching to prevent prolonged losing streaks, yet it’s the execution when the chips are down.

This is not to take anything away from the crisp, smart baseball the Mets have played this April. But as well as they played there’s always room for improvement and there’s a long way to go over the next five months.

So far, so good.

And maybe this weekend, the Mets will continue the good will by running up the score against the Yankees, saving the fan base some money the next home stand.

Everything is going right in Queens.

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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