Mets fans celebrated outside Citi Field Monday after the Amazin's beat the San Diego Padres in an opening day win. NY1's Ruschell Boone has the story.
They wanted excitement and they wanted a win -- and that's exactly what Mets fans got in an amazing home opener against the San Diego Padres.
"Collin Cowgill hit a grand slam, it completed my birthday," one fan said. "It was great to see. Way to go Mets. Let's go Mets baby."
The Mets won 11-2 after pouncing on the Padres early, which came as a surprise to some fans after last year's dismal season. But others expected the team's bats to come alive early.
"I'm not shocked at all. I have faith in the Mets," one fan said. "You gotta believe. You gotta believe. That's it."
Looking forward to a winning season, many fans were fired up well before the game even started.
Many got to the ballpark early for their own opening day tradition of tailgating in the parking lot with family and friends.
The menus were extensive. Long gone are the days of just grilling a few hamburgers and hot dogs. One menu had more exotic fare, featuring rice and beans, fried bananas and steak.
"It's go big or go home nowadays," a tailgater donned in blue and orange said. "So it's steaks shrimp sausages. You can get the hot dogs and everything else inside."
But once they got inside, that's where the real action was.
"I'm excited. I think that some of the younger players are going to contribute and some of the older players are going to show them how to do it," a fan said. "David Wright came out, he was excited, he was pumped -- you could tell. Stealing bases, doing everything."
Fans hope that's the way things will continue to play out the rest of the season.