Most prominent on the Mets schedule, as was announced earlier this year, is the 2013 All Star Game, which will be held at Citi Field on July 16. No matter how the season goes for the Mets themselves, Citi Field will be guaranteed to be filled to capacity that day, as the All Star Game is truly a captivating experience.
Next noticeable on the schedule is opening day; the day that some fans have already begun the countdown to. The Mets will open the season at home against the San Diego Padres on July 16, which will be one of 12 opening day games across the league.
What New Yorkers will discover quickly is that the subway series has been cut short. Instead of the normal six games per season, the Mets and New York Yankees will only meet for one series consisting of four games, two at each stadium. Although not technically rivals since they are in different leagues, these games are always fun to watch. It also makes it easy for fans in the tri-state area to have the opportunity to see their team in a rival stadium. So the cutting down of these series is a little disappointing.
Season long interleague play will be implemented in 2013. The Mets will travel to The Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians, and they will host the White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Detroit Tigers at Citi Field.
I’ve never been big on interleague play, because I feel like it takes away from the World Series. Having to deal with it for a limited amount of time was bad enough, now we have to look at it all season.
I will, however, be excited to wear my Pedro Cerrano shirt and incessantly quote Major League when the Indians roll into town.
Oh, and the Houston Astros will be in the American League next season, so they won’t be on the Mets schedule.
All I have to say is here’s hoping that 2013 is a heck of a lot better than 2102 for the Mets, and their fans.