All was as it should be for opening day of the baseball season at
Citi Field on Thursday. The weather was sunny, Johan Santana
pitched five shutout innings in his first game in more than a year,
and David Wright drove in the only run of the game as the Mets won,
1-0. And it all happened against the Atlanta Braves.
The team also held a pregame ceremony honoring Hall of Famer Gary Carter, the Mets All-Star and 1986 World Series hero who died at age 57 in February.
And outside the ballpark, fans of all ages came with team colors, and hopes for a pennant once the weather turns cooler once again in October.
— Michael Gannon
Katie Hay of Valley Stream and Sara Gouter of New Jersey arrive for opening day in style.
Carol Collins and Mary Lynn Green, who show up every year, once again have the hottest tickets in town. “We go to spring training every year too,” said Collins.
Mike and Steve Wyszinski of Glendale continue a third-generation opening day tradition that began with Steve’s father.
Frank and Tina Servidio of Astoria, who have attended Opening Day for more than 20 years, pose by the Big Apple.
Pablo and Chris Burhay of Fresh Meadows engage in the time-honored tradition of a father and son game of catch.
Tailgate parties aren’t just for football anymore. And the cuisine isn’t limited to burgers and hot dogs.
Former Flushing resident Clarissa Santos, right, and Alessandra Allen of the Bronx, bring eight-week old Gabriela Pena to her first-ever opening day.
Tracy Schlachter of Forest Hills and Howard Huth of Albany relax outside City Field before the game.
Retired Jamaica HS teacher Mike Perlman, left, with his family, Mia, Myrna and Jeff.
Astoria natives Mary Ann DiLuzio, left, and Jane Galaga make their annual trip to opening day festivities. Galaga, at right, was one of the many fans paying tribute to Mets legend Gary Carter, who passed away from cancer back in February.
John Abrams of Bayside with his traditional opening day tailgate fare — kielbasa and pickles.
Josh Schnipper and Laura Bevilaqua of Howard Beach attend, sporting both traditional and modern home-white jerseys.
Luis and Angelique Pichardo of Corona head to City Field for their first opening day as husband and wife.
Zach and Rob DiGiaro made the trek from New Jersey.
It’s four different caps and four different jerseys for Maggie, Grace, James and Rick Bodian of Astoria.
Jeff Byczek, left of Glendale, Philliss Nappi of Howard Beach, Eric Michalak of Cape Coral, Fla, Jason Byczek of Glendale and Leonard Fazio of Middle Willage enjoy a pre-game tailgate party.
A Gary Carter fan.
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