Opening Day naturally would have been glorious, and we’re all the poorer for not experiencing its vaunted, annual traditions: The baseline introductions. The ceremonial first pitch. The military flyover.
The Mets victory.
True, Major League Baseball possesses no known rule mandating that the Mets win their first game of the season. However, in an eccentricity consistent with their status as one of sports’ most colorful franchises, the Mets possess baseball’s best Opening Day record. They would’ve entertained the Nationals on Thursday at Citi Field, if not for the coronavirus shutdown, with a 38-20 all-time mark, a .655 winning percentage, in Game 1.
Even more perfect? They can boast of such dominance despite losing their first eight openers. As the club’s beloved radio broadcaster Howie Rose put it, winning Opening Day “is something they didn’t do until they won a World Series!”
“Even with some of the worst teams they’ve ever had, they won on Opening Day,” Rose said. After all, the team’s overall regular-season winning percentage, by virtue of its 4,448 wins and 4,808 losses, stands at .481.
Consider that Joe Torre became the Mets’ manager in…