It is finally happening. Despite a Batting Champ, CY Young, Stolen Base Champ, Rookie of the Year, and the franchise’s first (ever) No-Hitter occuring since Citi Field opened in 2009, it has never truly felt like home. It’s not like much winning took place at Shea Stadium for the majority of its existence, but it still had that vibe to it. Whether it was the shaking of the stands after key moments such as the Piazza 9/11 homerun that lifted a city, or their 2 World Series Championships, or the chanting down the never ending blue ramps after a victory by the Flushing faithful, there was always that feeling that this was the home of the Mets, as outdated as it may have been. Come 2009 and a new home was built right out back of the old Shea outfield, but home it was not. It is modern and beautiful but the feel was not present. Some will say it is because the Mets were not very good, and that may be true, but I remember that feeling at Shea through some of the worst teams and years that I have ever seen.
Coming into 2015, the Mets held a record at Citi Field of 231 wins and 253 losses. Not very good. In 2009, the Mets finished their inaugural season 41-40 at Citi Field. 2010 saw them improve to 47-34 before dropping to 34-47 in 2011, 36-45 in 2012, 33-48 in 2013 and finally getting back to a mediocre 40-41 in 2014.
But now, It. Is. Happening! The vibe is back. It has finally resurrected itself and made its way to Citi Field, only 6 years late. And yes, it coincides with the Mets finally winning ballgames again with their 6-0 start to the season. Whatever the reason, the vibe, it is here and hopefully here to stay, through both the good and the bad. As we all know throughout the history of baseball, and especially the Mets, it is never all good. The Mets have won 8 straight games at Citi Field dating back to last September. The last time they started 6-0 at home was in 1985. If I remember correctly, that was a pretty good year and the start to something very special. Overall, their 9-3 start is tied for the second-best start in team history as they started 9-3 in 1985 and 1986.
For the first time in its existence, or maybe second if you count the 2013 MLB All-Star Game (which was the most amazing experience I have ever been a part of at Citi Field), Citi Field is loud. It is electric with excitement from fans, from the team on the field, and from the media. The Mets players enter every game giving their fans the hope of coming away with a victory, which certainly hasn’t happened since the pre-Citi Field days. Fans have been looking for reasons to show up and cheer for so long and it is about time.