After hitting the “pause” button last week, it’s finally time for the Mets to press “play” — and the next word is “ball.”
Their wild six days of nothingness in Washington concluded Sunday with a team workout. The Mets then boarded buses for a ride to Philadelphia and Opening Night 2.0, scheduled for Monday with Jacob deGrom on the mound at Citizens Bank Park.
“The guys are like caged animals right now,” manager Luis Rojas said Sunday.
Hungry for competition after their three-game series against the Nationals was postponed because of safety concerns following positive COVID-19 cases among Washington players, the Mets don’t care much about the particulars, including the absence of opening night pomp and circumstance.
The Phillies have played three home games already (they swept the Braves), so Monday won’t bring a grand pregame celebration. Such was a recent topic of conversation between Michael Conforto and James McCann.
“It’s going to be interesting to not have Opening Day ceremonies,” Conforto said. “[But] really in the grand scheme of things, especially when you are on the away side, it really gets in the way of…