With the start of a new season, fans begin thinking about what they are looking forward to the most in the upcoming season. Ask any fan and their answers will undoubtedly vary from going to the stadium, to having a hot dog (or a Shake Shack Shake or burger if you are a Mets fan), or meeting their favorite players.
Personally, I look forward to hearing the crack of the bat during batting practice. The sound of a fastball whishing by a batter and slamming into the glove of the catcher is music to my ears.
I love seeing the faces of excited baseball fans that are all around me as they walk into the ballpark for the first time on Opening Day. I love the smell of burgers on the grill and hot dogs. I see all the kids coming to the ballpark with their little jersey’s and baseball gloves in hopes of catching a foul ball and I cannot help but to smile.
Did I mention the many baseballs fans bring along with a sharpie in hopes of getting some memorable autographs?
I love to see friends that I left behind from the previous year as the season came to another end and the gates of the ballpark closed behind us as we left the building for the final time. While it is nice to stay in touch on social networking sites like Facebook, there is nothing like cheering on your favorite team together.
Yet with fans of the New York Mets, is there really anything to look forward to? I was very curious by this question. After such a devastating season last year, was it possible for Mets fans to get excited about another baseball season?
So I decided to ask the fans what their thoughts were. Would I get any positive answers? Would people think I was crazy? Not so much.
One fan said he looked forward to seeing David Wright. Can you blame him? After such an awful season last year, to which many felt was the fault of Citi Field and I fought that theory vehemently, every one is expecting a big comeback year from him.
There is reason number one to be excited about a new Mets baseball season.
Another fan thought he would be bold and answered with: “A Mets W/S parade in October”. A very bold proclamation indeed considering the Mets are starting the season without three of their everyday players in Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and now Daniel Murphy. Come to think of it, Murphy is not that big of a loss.
There was one statement by a Mets fan that I thought was rather interesting. Here is what Mets fan, Guy White, had to say about what he is looking forward to this season:
I want to see Daniel Murphy, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, and Jon Niese blossom into their potential. In 1969 young prospects all of a sudden ripened all at once: McGraw, Gentry, Koosman, etc. I’d love to see that again.
Murphy, Maine, Pelfrey, and Niese? I think Maine is a little beyond hope as far as blossoming goes. Pelfrey has yet to do just that and thus far does not seem like he is going to this season. Here’s to hoping that I am wrong on this one.
Niese was on the cusp of this in the ’09 season before his devastating injury. I mean, he has yet to pitch an entire season. So he should be exciting to watch as he begins his journey to really come into his own.
Murphy? Well, he has to start at some point to really become a professional ball player. With Ike Davis sitting in the minors for at least a few more months, he may want to start as of yesterday to show he belongs in the bigs.
Other Mets fans are just hoping the Mets can stay injury free for a season. That kind of went out the window already. Yet even more are just looking forward to spending the day at the ballpark.
Whatever it is you are looking forward to this season, just remember to enjoy it. Go to the ballpark and have fun. Visit with your Mets family that you bid farewell to at the end of the 2009 season. This is a new season. No matter what happened last season, there are plenty of things to look forward to.
Citi Field alone has the new McFaddens bar and the Mets Museum. Well, there is also David Wright and Jason Bay.