Mets fans and players alike were excited for today. Today was the start of something new for the fanbase, players, and owner. It was seen as the beginning of something special as a new era has sprung upon us. The Mets had a very hectic and busy offseason in more ways than one. It ranged from a change in ownership, a firing of the GM, and several player moves. These moves have changed the trajectory of the franchise and are leading the Mets in a good direction.
Last night, the Mets locked up one of those key pieces on the eve of his self-imposed deadline. His strict deadline was set at Opening Day, which is today. The Mets and star SS Francisco Lindor agreed to a 10-year, $341 million deal. This is interestingly enough, as it is $1 million more than Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed the previously largest contract for a shortstop. Anyway, after last night’s exciting and exhilarating news, everyone involved with the Mets was excited for this day to finally come. This is of course referring to the official start of the regular season, which was scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals.
Mets Opening Day Postponed
Unfortunately, the Mets and the hype surrounding the team will have to wait a couple of days longer. The Nationals were found to have a couple of positive tests. They also identified around four close contacts as a result of contract tracing and want to air on the side of caution. The worst thing that could happen for the MLB, especially early on, is to have a breakout of COVID-19 throughout multiple teams.
Therefore, the two teams will take a pause for a couple of days as the Nationals continue to undergo testing and ensure that there are no other positives. If the rest of the team continues to come out clean, the two teams will likely square off Saturday.
However, until then, the excitement surrounding the Mets, unseen in years, will have to wait just a little bit longer.