NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were a lot of drowsy, disappointed New Yorkers on Wednesday morning after the Mets lost a heartbreaking, marathon Game 1 in the World Series.
But as CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported, they are confident in a comeback.
It was the longest World Series opener in baseball history, finally ending in the 14th inning with Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly that gave the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 win. The game lasted more than five hours and ended at 1:18 a.m. Eastern time.
Mets fans started the workday with little sleep.
“Tired. Very tired,” Jeff Ratner, of Massapequa said.
“I had little naps during the game, but I made it most of the way,” said Deirdre Cherry, of Great Neck.
“It’s hard to stay up. Little cat naps in between,” added Peter Sabesan, of Jericho. “Disappointing result.”
“I went to sleep. I couldn’t watch the whole game,” said Lou Parco of Staten Island. He said when he woke up and saw the Mets had lost “I was disappointed, sure. They played a good game last night.”
Many fans said the most frustrating point came in the ninth inning, when, in a rare occurrence, closer Jeurys Familia blew the save, giving up a solo homer to Alex Gordon that sent the game into extra innings.
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“The ninth inning was a disaster,” said David Golden, of Harlem.
The Mets tried to rally, but just couldn’t pull off the win.
“It seemed like a roller-coaster ride for sure,” team captain David Wright said. “Both teams just relentless. They just kind of got the big hits and had the big at-bats when they counted.”
Game 2 starts at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday. A win would put the series at 1-1 before it shifts to Citi Field on Friday.
“We’ll see if we can get our split here,” second baseman Daniel Murphy said. “You don’t come in thinking you want a split, but you lose the first one, a split sounds pretty good.”
Fans have already put Game 1 behind them.
“Very tough loss, but faith in the Mets. Ya gotta believe. We’ll be back,” said Joe Lobello, of Sunnyside, Queens.
The Mets actually lost the opening games of the 1969 and 1986 World Series, then went on to win it all.
In Kansas City, Mets fans walked out of Kauffman Stadium after the game blaming themselves, not the players, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported.
“Now everyone’s going to hate me. I took a picture of the score when we were up, and I knew as soon as I did it, I shouldn’t have done that,” said Nicky Niccolic.
Superstitions are in full force in K.C., where one sock change could make all the difference.
“It’ll definitely be a different jersey, different hat, probably different underwear, probably do different pacing, different seats — whatever it takes,” said Chuck Castellano of his approach to Game 2.
“I had the same Harvey jersey on that I had in New York when he won the first two games, and (Tuesday was the) first time it lost,” said Kevin Luing, of Mendham, New Jersey. “Tomorrow night, I’ve got a Mike Cuddyer jersey that I’ve worn, and we haven’t lost with Cuddyer’s jersey yet.”
“I’ve got to sleep in my Mets clothing tonight,” said Dean Hirschberg.
Others are more confident in the strength of the team and deGrom on the mound.
“I don’t believe in superstitions,” said Stan Helfield, of Fort Lee, New Jersey. “We’re going to beat them because we’re the better team.”