With Memorial Day signifying the start of summer, June brings us some interesting match-ups and more interleague play. Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to this month:
The Mets schedule starts the month of June in San Diego. Actually, the Mets are IN San Diego for Memorial Day May 31st. San Diego, being a huge naval base to the Pacific Fleet, is an appropriate choice to spend Memorial Day and a great way for us Mets fans to brush up on our history.
There will be a Midway Memorial Day Tribute at Petco Park as part of a special pregame tribute to the military and the USS Midway as well as a fireworks show after the game. I hope the Padres wear their military themed uniforms. I was always a huge fan of Adrian Gonzalez and always wanted the Mets to get him to play first base. Having Ike Davis, who is also homegrown, means this will never happen. After watching Ike play, I’m glad the Mets never made the attempt.
June Promotions: The Mets then come right back home with a series against the Marlins and another three game set with the Padres. June 6th is Beach Towel day. The first 25,000 fans will get a Mr. Met Beach towel. June 25th is Mets cap day, also to the first 25,000 fans. Sunday, June 27th, is Mets Travel Mug day open to the first 25,000 fans and also that same Sunday is the Mr. Met Dash open to all kids under 12. A perfect time to bring the kids to the park.
*Interesting to note the Yankee/Mets series will not feature any promotions. I guess they felt there was no need for a cap trade day a la during the series at Citi Field.
Interleague Play: Speaking of interleague play, the second weekend of the month starts interleague play with the Mets in Baltimore, Cleveland and finally YANKEE STADIUM. The Mets play in Yankee Stadium for Fathers day, June 20th, and may benefit from having the designated hitter and and even more of a punch in the lineup.
Interleague play continues with the Tigers and Twins at coming into Citi Field. We get a chance to see Johan Santana go up against his old team and Johnny Damon again roam the outfield in NY and of course a chance to see if two AL teams can play NL ball in this huge ballpark.
The Mets then close out the month going on the road again with the first stop of short road trip against the FloridaMarlins and then the Washington Nationals.
NOTE: I did not mention I look forward to Carlos Beltran coming back. Most likely he won’t be back until July.
This is an important month. If the Mets can continue their awesome play of late and stay with the pack we can then entertain thoughts about possible trades at the July 31st trading deadline. Until then…
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekends!