So today was not only the Mets Opening Day at Citi Field but my birthday as well! When the date first got announced I KNEW I had to be in the building for this. I’ve never attended an opening day, so the fact that it not only fell on my birthday, but my favorite pitcher was kicking off the season solidified the fact I need to be there to see it. But tickets were almost impossible to get and people were reselling them for hundreds of dollars so I started to accept the fact I wouldn’t be able to witness the event.
Two days before my birthday my parents told me we would keep checking to see if prices go down but I’m kind of a seat snob, so I didn’t want to settle for just any old seats. I figured I’d do anything to just be able to attend so I was about to just settle for some nosebleeds. My dad came home from work that night and asked me if I was looking for “something” only to look and see him handing me tickets for Opening Day!!! I was so pumped and started counting don every second waiting for the day to arrive.
The eve of Opening Day I dug out my player t-shirt and dusted off my Mets cap making sure everything was set for the big day (I really forgot it was my birthday for a second). I packed my bag the night before and made sure I had everything I need so that when I got up the next day I was dressed and out the door with lightning speed. The excitement, anxiety, and anticipation took over and I could hardly sleep. I was wayyyyyyy to freakin excited that I was finally about to witness an Opening Day ON MY BIRTHDAY.
The weather could not have been better. I walked out to the sun shining, and the perfect mix of spring warmth/the perfect breeze. I knew this was going to be a good day. I could feel the energy on the 7 train as it was packed with Mets fans in all their fan gear and glory just happy for baseball to be back. Since it was my birthday, I decided to get myself some wine (at noon but it’s 5pm somewhere, right?) and took a long awaited stroll around Citi Field for the first time in what felt like years. The thrill you felt throughout the entire stadium was a thrill and excitement you only get being a sports fan. Good day. Good vibes. Feeling confident in our Mets. I couldn’t ask for a better day.
The game started off a bit slow with the score being 0-0 for the first 7 innings but then things started to get interesting. The Mets were FINALLY on the board with 2-0 and one hit broke the game open bringing the Mets to 6-0! Not only did the Mets win their first regular season game but my baseball hero Mike Piazza was there. It might not have been anything extravagant and fancy but I had the best birthday with my family. I already have another game lined up for the end of the month and I’m just getting started (it’s a long season). LET’S GO METS!!!!