Morning Briefing: Mets Bring Salt And Pepper On Opening Day

Good morning Mets fans!

The day that we’ve all been waiting for has come and gone and the Mets came away 1-0 on the season. While Opening Day is in the rearview mirror, we get the pleasure of seeing 161 more games until Sept. 30.

Latest Mets News

The Mets have a day off today before facing the St. Louis Cardinals for the second game of the series on Saturday. Jacob deGrom (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to make his season debut for the Mets against Michael Wacha (0-0, 0.00 ERA) who will be doing the same for the Cardinals.

The Mets unveiled their new version of Todd Frazier‘s “thumbs-down” signal of 2017 as noted by Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. It’s a salt-and-pepper shaking motion that symbolizes keeping the rally and buzz going.

The Mets released a statement about Rusty Staub after his passing:

“He was almost as well known for his philanthropic work as he was for his career as a baseball player, which spanned 23 seasons. There wasn’t a cause he didn’t champion. Rusty helped children, the poor, the elderly and then there was his pride and joy The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.”

Noah Syndergaard wrote a piece for The Player’s Tribune about his early life, career, and the 2018 season.

“The attitude around the team has definitely been a little different this spring,” Syndergaard wrote. “I think Mickey Callaway has a lot to do with that. His demeanor is that of a true leader. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t just tell you how to pull the rope … he gets in there and pulls the rope with you.”

The Mets sold 44,189 tickets on Opening Day which was the third-most sold for a regular season game in Citi Field history.

Latest MLB News

Wily Peralta and former fifth overall pick Kyle Zimmer were designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. The Royals opted to go with Ryan Goins and Blaine Boyer instead.

In addition to the players, coaches and front office officials, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said that the team would give out World Series rings to other club employees such as ushers and the guys working in the back of the building per Jerry Crasnick of Overall they will be giving out 900 rings.

San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon was placed on the disabled list according to Kerry Crowley Mercury News/East Bay Times.

The Toronto Blue Jays officially retired the late Roy Halladay‘s number 32 during their Opening Day ceremony.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued by a group of ticket brokers in regards to the organization’s resale deal with Eventellect according to Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal.

Latest NL East News

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports wrote that while the Atlanta Braves were reportedly interested in Jose Bautista at an earlier time, a person familiar with the discussions has noted that “That ship has sailed.”

Laurence Leavy, otherwise known as “Marlins Man,” has made it known that he won’t be attending Marlins home games in 2018 according to Darren Rovell of He said he’s open to wearing the logo of another team on his orange jersey.

Heyman criticized Scott Kingery‘s very team-friendly six-year, $24 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies and adds that “three club options borders on agent malpractice.”

Chelsea James of the Washington Post wrote about the Washington Nationals’ decision to stick with Michael Taylor instead of trading him a few years ago, and how it’s beginning to pay off now.

Latest on MMO

Chris Gaine wrote about the Mets’ past success on Opening Day.

Joe D. put together a Mets Opening Day quiz.

Joe D. also shared what Opening Day means to him and why it stands out among all 162 games of the season.

Teddy Klein writes about Mets international bonus pool money for 2018-2019.

Jacob Resnick goes over some of the minor league player assignments including 2017 first rounder David Peterson starting in Columbia.

This Day in Mets History

2000: The Mets complete a two-game, season-opening series with the Chicago Cubs in Japan with a 5-1 victory thanks to an 11th inning pinch-hit grand slam by Benny Agbayani.

2015: Mets traded outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.

Birthday(s): Terry Bross turns 52.

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