Who they are: New York City’s National League team, historically plucky underdogs, favorites of comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.
What’s going on: This Mets roster has much in common with the one that finished fourth in the National League East in 2017 and the one that reached the NL Wild Card game the year before. One big difference between those two seasons was health—last year’s Mets suffered a well-publicized spate of injuries—and the team hopes that a revised training regimen, new training staff and better luck will help them stay intact under first-year manager Mickey Callaway. They also made a few offseason acquisitions to bolster their depth. Todd Frazier should steady the hot corner for the first time since David Wright’s spinal stenosis sidelined him; Anthony Swarzak joins the bullpen after putting up great numbers for Chicago (AL) and Milwaukee; and Jason Vargas should be a useful back-of-the-rotation veteran once he returns from surgery on his glove hand. Last year, Mets fans learned what could happen if their team got banged up—and this spring has featured some scares to go along wth outfielder Michael Conforto's shoulder woes, which the team expects will keep him out of the lineup until May. But if Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard play full seasons anchoring the lineup and rotation, Jacob deGrom remains as reliable as ever and Matt Harvey finds himself rejuvenated during a contract year, it’s not crazy to think that these Mets could make a deep run in October. Also, Tim Tebow is still a minor-league player in the Mets organization, and that seems like something we should mention for SEO purposes.
How long is Jacob deGrom's hair this season? Shorter than it was last season, as depicted in this photograph.
Why you should go: Mets fans have a certain desperate enthusiasm that makes Citi Field an exciting place when the team is winning. You also definitely want to see Mr. Met, the OG of live-action MLB mascots—and his equally pro-Mets spouse, Mrs. Met.
How to get there: Take the 7 train or Long Island Railroad to Mets–Willets Point. Walk toward the gigantic baseball stadium right outside the station.
What to eat: Our personal favorites are the Two Boots Pizza and El Verano Taqueria, but there are tons of options all over the ballpark. For a more comprehensive overview, check out our guide to ballpark food in New York City.