Days after the team was supposed to open their season in Washington, the New York Mets are finally set to hit the field against the Phillies. The series in Philidephia will mark the beginning of a season in which the team has some fairly high expectations.
Newly acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor recently signed a 10-year, $341 million contract extension with the team, keeping him in town for the next decade. The Mets’ owner, Steve Cohen, spoke Monday during a video conference about the possible extension of Michael Conforto as well, among other players.
Cohen was more focused on the team’s goals and expectations for this season, however.
“I’m not going to predict a World Series out of the gate,” Cohen said. “But what I do think is we’re going to be really competitive. I do believe we’re going to make the playoffs, and then once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen, right?”
Fans are excited about this season, and Cohen’s choice of words certainly added to that.
“Everyone’s excited about the Mets this year,” he said. “The outpouring of people – friends, acquaintances and fans – has been extraordinary and they’re all excited. So, that gets me excited too.”
Along with being the first game of the season, the game will also mark Steve Cohen’s first as the owner of the Mets. He acknowledged that he, along with the players, is ready to go.
“I know the players are probably raring to go,” Cohen said. “I’m sure they’re pretty excited to get going… so, let’s get going already. I’m looking forward to tonight.”