The New York Mets won their first game of the season on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, a day after dropping their season opener in spectacular fashion. Manager Luis Rojas and the players certainly hope the victory is the first of many to come in a new era of Metsâ€™ baseball led by owner Steve Cohen.
Cohen, a lifelong Metsâ€™ fan, acquired the time last year by bidding approximately $2.4 billion, and brought Sandy Alderson to be the team president. Since then, the team has been extremely active in free agency and trade talks, as they brought shortstop Francisco Lindor from Cleveland and gave him a 10-year, $341 million extension just before Opening Day.
As Albert Almora caught the final out in Tuesdayâ€™s 8-4 win, he handed the ball to Brandon Nimmo, who in turn gave it to Kevin Pillar. The latter passed it onto Rojas as a souvenir, a keepsake of the Metsâ€™ first joy of the 2021 campaign.
However, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that Rojas wonâ€™t keep the ball. Instead, he plans to give it to Steve Cohen on Thursday, before the season opener at Citi Field. Rojas want Cohen to have it as a memento of his first win as a Metsâ€™ owner.
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â€œThe first of many to come,â€ Rojas said afterward.
â€œThe buzz and the excitement started at the early part of Spring Training,â€ Metsâ€™ outfielder Dominic Smith, who it a home run yesterday, said. â€œAnd it all revolves around him. Obviously when he took over ownership, and the moves heâ€™s made, heâ€™s just been tremendous. Every move heâ€™s made has been great. Weâ€™re just excited to see him take over in leadership and to see his passion and his will to want to come and win.â€
Cohen couldnâ€™t see the game live last night, but will be at Citi Field seeing the home opener from his suite. There, he plans to interact with fans.
Metsâ€™ fans feel a new era is about to begin. And everything starts at the top.