Young Mets fans Jack Hollywood, Michael Feldman and Matthew Cardozo wish their favorite team well. Photo by Trone Dowd.
BY TRONE DOWD
Last year’s devastating World Series loss seemed far, far away as Mets fans young and old wished their favorite team the best on Monday as the 2016 Mets lineup were shipped off to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for spring training.
The festivities were kicked off at their home turf, Citi Field in Flushing, where fans lined up in the snow, smiling, cheering and celebrating the occasion. Raffles, photo-ops with Mr. and Mrs. Met and merchandise giveaways were all a part of the celebration.
On the grander scale of the baseball season, the Mets are a team many people are watching. After a tremendous season last year, the Mets shocked the world making it all the way to the World Series. Unfortunately, the team was unable to capitalize in their final few games, only winning one of the five game series.
Many fans were disappointed with last year’s “so close yet so far away” moment in the grand stage, but were still very optimistic.
Kenny Liriano, 20, said he was even more optimistic than last year despite the Mets heartbreaking World Series loss.
“I honestly did not want anything to do with the Mets after that horrendous defensive performance in the World Series,” Liriano said. “Now, coming into the 2016 season I’m extremely ecstatic because they kept the right pieces and added defense. The main factors that have Queens and the rest of the MLB buzzing are that spectacular pitching rotation and the re-addition of Yoenis Cespedes. I can’t wait for this year.”
“I think the Mets are going to do really well this year.” young Mets fan Michael Feldman said. “I think they can make it to the World Series again and win this time.”
He said he’s looking forward to seeing his favorite player David Wright on the field again this season.
Other fans were less excited than Liriano and Feldman.
“The Mets broke my heart,” 22-year-old Larry Cardenas said. “Broke the hearts of Queens kids everywhere.”
“I think the Mets will do pretty good but not as well as last year,” young Jack Hollywood said. “They had Harvey and DeGrom. I still think they’re going to do well though.”
Matthew Cardozo, another long time Mets fan believes that the Queens team will do “really good” this season and was looking forward to seeing Yoenis Cespedes out on the field once again this season. He did however give current champions, the Kansas City Royals, credit for their playing last season and called them the true team to keep an eye on this season.