Let's start with Mets' fans. Granted, the loss of Bobby Parnell--their closer who blew the opening game--for what may be months or even the season, is a tough break. But please, he was never exactly the second coming of Dennis Eckersely. And Jose Valverde--who not that long ago was one of the premier relievers in baseball with Detroit--looked great in relief. Maybe he can resume his closer role with Parnell gone and do a better job.
Plus, the Mets scored 7 runs! Seven! And they knocked Stephen Strasburg out of the game.
The Mets are also a story for 2015 anyway. While they may see some success this year, the future looks much brighter once Matt Harvey comes back and they make those inevitable deals to bring in a shortstop and a first baseman.
So chin up Mets' fans. Everything gets magnified on opening day. If Monday's loss happened in mid-June, no one would notice.
And that brings us to the Yankees. It's true, the Westwood Gardners' team I played for when I was a 9 year old would have looked better than the Bombers in the early innings last night. And CC Sabathia made the dreadful 2014 Houston Astros look like the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. But it's one game.
Even if they continue to have subpar defense and CC fails to regain ace status, they have very strong starting pitching, a solid bullpen, and a lineup that is going to score five runs a game by accident. I'd be shocked if they lose again tonight.
Remember the '78 Yankees? They started the season something like 2-9 and lost to the then horrific Blue Jays a bunch of games. As I recall, things worked out just fine for that team.