2015-04-15 / Front Page

Opening Day At Citi Field

BY JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI AND DAN MILLER


Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer went 3-4, including a single, double and triple to lead the Mets to their home opener victory. 
Photos by Dan Miller/ DMD IMAGES Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer went 3-4, including a single, double and triple to lead the Mets to their home opener victory. Photos by Dan Miller/ DMD IMAGES Opening Day at Citi Field always brings excitement and hopes of a winning season to the minds of all Mets fans. The attendance for the game at 43,947 set a new Mets franchise record for a regular season game.

Monday’s April 13 Opening Ceremony began with the annual tribute of the presenting of a wreath, a tradition started by William Shea, the namesake of Shea Stadium.

There was also a pre-game tribute to honor the memory of two slain police officers, Detective Wenjian Liu and Queens resident Detective Rafael Ramos with the singing of the National Anthem by NYPD Officer Makiah Brown. An American flag that covered the entire outfield, and held by 150 NYPD members added to the moving tribute as NYPD also provided a special helicopter flyover. Detective Liu’s widow and Detective Ramos’ sons, Jaden and Justin, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Liu’s parents, Xiu Yan Li and Wei Tang Liu, and Ramos’ widow, Maritza, also joined other members of their respective families on the mound. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, wearing a Mets jersey, stood on the sidelines.

The crowd then enthusiastically welcomed the first pitch of the game, and cheered the words “Play Ball.”

The Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 in their home opener. FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, Borough President Melinda Katz and other dignitaries were on hand to join in the festivities.

The game was scoreless until the Mets broke through with one run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a narrow lead, 1-0. The 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob de- Grom started for the Mets and Aaron Haring started for the Phillies. It was a pitcher’s duel through six innings with deGrom giving up no runs and seven hits.

Both teams went to the bullpen with Carlos Torres relieving deGrom with two on and two out in the sixth inning and the Phillies countering in the seventh inning.

The Mets scored again in the eighth and Michael Cuddyer got things going with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud. Mets closer, Jeurys Familia, relieved in the ninth to give Jacob deGrom (1-1) the win and earn his second save in two days. The Mets are now 4-3 in this young season. Additional photos see page 30.

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