2006_03_smetslogo.jpgOpening day is a good day for things to roll your way. In yesterday's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, the Mets had great day with help from some new members and a lucky break. Tom Glavine started the season off on a good note, working six solid innings allowing six hits and one run. Xavier Nady, who should have Xavier McDaniel's old nickname, and Paul Lo Duca both had notable days at the plate, with Nady going 4-4 with two doubles while Lo Duca was 2-4 with a double. David Wright's home run in the 6th inning would prove to be the winning run and elicited insanely premature chants of MVP from the crowd.

Lo Duca's most important play came while he was behind the plate in the 8th inning. With Alfonso Soriano attempting to score from first on a Ryan Zimmerman double. A relay throw from Jose Reyes was dropped by Lo Duca, but Soriano was called out nonetheless. Replay clearly showed that the ball came loose, but none of the umpires saw it from their angles. The play probably cost the Nationals the game.

Billy Wagner closed out the game in the 9th inning, but that wasn't without controversy either. Wagner entered the game to Metallica's "Enter Sandman," a song that cross-town closer Mariano Rivera enters the games to. For his part, Wagner doesn't seem to care, "I know, Mariano's got it. Lord forbid. There she crumbles. Two people have it. I play for the Mets, he plays for the Yankees. I never have to face him, and he never has to face me. There's really no big competition there."