NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rallies to cheer on the World Series-bound New York Mets took place in Queens and Nassau County Monday ahead of Game 1 Tuesday night.
The players, including Game 1 starting pitcher Matt Harvey, Captain David Wright and NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy looked calm, cool and confident Sunday morning as they got on buses at Citi Field to begin their journey to Kansas City and hopefully a championship title.
“It means a whole lot,” said fan Faith Harrison. “We needed this. It’s been a long time.”
Harrison waited with her daughter to catch a glimpse of the guys leaving Queens.
“It’s fantastic to see the Mets do this,” she said. “I’ve been a fan all my life.”
“It feels great,” said fan Stephanie Vasiliou. “This is the first time I’ve seen the Mets win the playoffs.”
The team is shaking off a little rust after a few days break since clinching the pennant. Fans like 12-year-old Thomas Bradburn are confident, but say it won’t be easy.
“I think they’re going to lose the first two but win the rest,” he said.
Manager Terry Collins said it’ll be an exciting matchup between the Mets’ pitching and the Royals’ hitting. Over the weekend, Collins talked about the conversation he had with Harvey about the starting rotation.
His ace made it clear that despite all the drama about those infamous innings limits this season, he’s all in.
“Said, ‘Are you ready for it?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Damn right’ and I told him, ‘Listen, there might be, you’re going to get two starts, but Game 7 may be something,'” Collins said. “He said, ‘I’ll be ready.'”
The first Mets rally was held Monday afternoon at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Borough Hall was decked out in orange and blue with balloons and banners.
Hundreds of people turned out in their Mets best to show their love for a team that has worked so hard to make it so far.
Many said they couldn’t believe that the team was actually playing in the World Series, but hoped they would bring home the championship while playing at Citi Field.
“Win it back on Saturday night, back at Citi Field,” George Ockovic said.
On Long Island, there was a rally on the front steps of the Theodore Roosevelt building in Mineola late Monday afternoon.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, Mets fans were heading to Kansas City in force to cheer on their team.
Ron, clad in blue and orange said he was ready to take flight.
“I’ve been to ’69 fifth game when they won it all, 2000 5th game when they lost it all, now we’re going here and we’re gonna win it in five,” he said.