Mike V's Countdown to Mets Opening Day - 2003 Flashback

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Today’s flashback… Monday, March 31st, 3003 vs. Chicago Cubs

Loss, by score of 15-2, to go 0-1 on the season.

2003 Mets Magnetic Schedule

2003 was supposed to be a new beginning for the Mets.  New ace pitcher Tom Glavine had been lured away from the Braves; new manager Art Howe lit up the room in his interview with the Wilpons;  Cliff Floyd had been signed; David Cone was back; Tsuyoshi Shinjo was here with all his flair, and 53,586 showed up at Shea to turn the page on 2002.

The Kahn’s Magnetic schedule given out on Opening Day featured the very generic slogan, “Experience it!,” and told us about the promotions planned for the year.  On Saturday June 7th the Mets would hand out Russian Tea Dolls presented by Toyota, and on Sunday September 21st they’d give us an Etch-A-Sketch, courtesy of Tropicana. On Saturday July 12th they would hand out Wiffle balls and bats to the kids, courtesy of Fox Sports Net, while their counterpart MSG would sponsor Mets cap day on April 26th.  Those paying attention will also notice the calendar dates featuring home games had different colors for the first time.  While in 2002, all the home games were orange, as an example, in 2003 they were orange, yellow (sorry, ‘gold’), silver or bronze.  That’s because in 2002 the Mets decided that not all games were created equal and they should change higher amounts for more attractive dates.  On Opening Day, a “gold” date, it cost $16 to sit in the Mezzanine, Section 3 (right behind home plate).

2003 Mets opening day ticket

Tom Glavine was on the hill on an absolutely freezing March afternoon to make his Mets debut and came up flat.    Glavine walked Mark Grudzielanek to leadoff the game and promptly gave up four runs in the first inning.  He would give up five runs in total, lasting just 3 2/3 innings before handing it off to the bullpen.  Mike Bacsik imploded, giving up 9 earned runs in two innings of work.  The 15 runs scored would be the most runs scored against them during an Opening Day, and the Mets managed just two runs in the 15-2 loss.

The 2003 Mets would finish in last place, losing 95 games, and Tom Glavine pitched to a record of 9-14.

2003 Shea Stadium Opening Day scoreboard

 

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7 comments
Jerry
Jerry

So I'm not the only one who felt this way about Glavine...

Brian Erni (@brianerni)
Brian Erni (@brianerni)

i always use this opening day as an example of the worst case scenario weather. coldest effin opening day in memory. man, that was brutal. i was in loge with my dad, my grandpa and my uncle were up in mezz. we went up to get them in the 7th to start the ride home, and it was even colder up there. between the weather and corey patterson going nuts, that was atrocious.

Metslady
Metslady

My least favorite Met. I couldn't stand him. No guts

osh41
osh41

Glavine set a record I think, booed off the mound in his first and last games as a Met. I never liked Glavine, never accepted him as a Met and had zero respect for him. He never wanted to leave Atlanta, he was a stooge for the players union and took a few bucks more to keep the party line. He should have done what he felt was the right thing and stayed where he wanted to be.

Shannon Shark
Shannon Shark

Yeah never felt like a real Met, and he was here for quite a while

Mike Vercelletto
Mike Vercelletto

I'm with you osh41. The only time he performed well as a Met was during his run up to 300 wins. Selfish player who never came up big for the Mets.

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