There was a friendzy last night at Citi Field. A stadium that opened in 2009 after two consecutive September collapses, two underachieving years, and a Ponzy scheme, Mets faithful had nothing to be proud of. Last night had the perfect ingredients to get Mets fans believing in this team again.
Coming off of a winning road trip, the New York Mets welcomed the Philadelphia Phillies into Citi Field last night. Jon Niese started for the Mets, Vance Worley for the Phils. The first ingredient was a New York Mets win. A game that was over early, as Niese gave up 3 hits in eight innings pitched, and the Mets jumped all over Worley in a 11-1 thrashing of the Phillies.
The second ingredient was the fans appreciation for all-star David Wright. Mets fans were disappointed at the fact that their favorite player isn’t starting in Kansas City next week. Mets fans serenaded Wright with raucous applause every time he stepped to the place. Finally in the sixth inning with the Mets up 6-1, the elder statesman hit a bomb to straight away center field for his tenth home run of the year. The shot ignited a chorus of “MVP” chants. A player that has been more important to his team then any other player in the majors.
The third ingredient, fireworks. It was fireworks night at Citi field that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets. It was also the fireworks with the combination of the second-place Mets against division rival Philadelphia that set a new attendance record at Citi Field. Tuesday’s attendance of 42,516 was the highest in the 4-year history of Citi Field. Maybe it was the promotion of fireworks and that today is the 4th of July, or maybe this team has it’s fans believing again.
With the win last night the Mets are a half game behind in the wild card, and keep pace with the first place Washington Nationals just 3.5 games behind.
Citi Field was rocking last night and was the loudest I’ve ever had the experience of attending. The stadium’s electricity throughout the past 35 days started with the Johan Santana no-hitter and sustaining another winning month that has baseball experts removing away the “pretender” label and replacing it with “contenders”
Today is game 82, the first game of the second half of the season. In 2010 the Mets were eight games above five hundred and in the thick of the race when they went into a tailspin losing seven of nine on a west coast road trip and were virtually knocked out of the race. Terry Collins has this team believing as well as the season. This team is taking us on a ride that could be really special. Buckle Up!