Mets’ Memorable Home Opener Win

Michael Conforto and Mets celebrate home opening win on April 8, 2021
Charles Wenzelberg

A win is a win is a win.

There are lot of people mad at Michael Conforto or mad at the Mets or mad at someone. In the end, the umpires made a mistake. If you’re mad, be mad at them. The Mets had every reason to celebrate the win and soak in a memorable victory in their home opener. I was there to witness it, and what a glorious day it was. Eight thousand people felt like 40,000 in a ninth inning comeback victory to remember.

On the latest “Amazin’ But True” Podcast with Nelson Figueroa and me, we talked all about the controversy, the win, the pitching, Jeff McNeil’s homer, the bat flip and the Citi Field experience. I had my dad right at my side recording the show, keeping our father-son Mets home opener tradition alive Thursday for our 18th straight. It was special to be back at the ballpark.


Amazin’ But True Podcast with Jake, Nelson & Jake’s Dad:

  • CONFORTO WALK-OFF: Figgie didn’t like that he leaned in on a pitch in the strike zone. I thought it was awesome. Umpires got it wrong and that’s on them. Mets should celebrate and enjoy the win. Jeff McNeil game-tying home run and his bat flip were electric.
  • CITI FIELD ATMOSPHERE: Sounded like more than 8,000 in that 9th inning. Felt incredible to be back at the stadium. Not all the food stands were open, but the iconic pastrami was. Hearing “Lazy Mark” in the seventh inning stretch again felt right.
  • PAPA BROWN: My dad takes us through the memorable day, legends that passed being honored, memories going to games with me and games when he was younger, how the game has changed.


Nelson Figueroa Spanish Academy: Figgie tries teaching me and my dad how to say “hit by pitch” and “cheater” in Spanish.

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