NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees lost, but the Mets won their home opener Monday.
The game was in D.C., but as CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported, there was still plenty going on at Citi Field.
The Mets went up against the Washington Nationals and more than 10,000 fans lined up in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda to catch all the game day action.
“Harvey and deGrom, Wright’s coming back this year — Cuddyer. I’m telling you, playoffs this year. Sneak into that second wild card spot. We got this this year,” said Eric Simon, of Plainview.
A special email was sent to season ticket holders and Mets fans about the special Watch Party at the stadium.
“This is probably like my first opening day watch party,” said one little boy. “(Are you excited for this watch party? Oh yes! I really am!”
“(Mets aren’t really here, is it just as good?) It sure is. It’s just as exciting!” said Greg Packer, of Huntington.
“This is awesome. They’re having a viewing party for all the fans. These are die-hards that are here, so everybody is excited. We’re all excited to see what this youthful rotation will do here,” said another fan.
Attendees were treated to bouncy houses, speed pitch and T-ball, Nicolini reported.
Fans also got to enjoy the game on the team’s brand new Citi Vision display, which is 62 percent larger than the old screen.
“If you pick up a paper, watch the television, listen to sports radio, people are talking about the Mets, and people are excited about this season. Our fans are really pumped and everybody else here at the Mets is as well,” Vice President of Marketing David Newman said.
The Mets topped the Nationals 3-1. Their home opener will take place at Citi Field Monday, April 13.