Batter up! It’s Opening Day at NBT Bank Stadium, and the start of a new era for Syracuse baseball. The Syracuse baseball team is debuting their affiliation with the Mets this season.
“This one is a little bit extra special,” General Manager Jason Smorol said.
It’s not just the uniforms that will be different this season. Smorol says this might be the best team in international league history, given all of the Major League experience on the roster. Twenty-one of the twenty-five players are former major leaguers.
“This is a team that, if everyone stays together and everyone stays healthy, that can do magical things on this field,” Smorol said. “I just can’t believe that the Mets were able to stock a team like this in the first season.”
The biggest change from the past, however, is probably behind the scenes. In the past, major league clubs were essentially tenants at NBT Bank Stadium with no true ties to the Chiefs. They would provide the players, and nothing more. Smorol says the Mets are a true affiliate with the same interests as the Syracuse club.
“The Mets have committed to Central New York, they have committed to Syracuse, the partnership with the county and the state, and everything that’s going on here in at the stadium. It’s going to be better here for the state of baseball here in Syracuse.”
The first 2,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark for opening day will receive a Syracuse Mets trapper hat. It’s also dollar-hotdog Thursday at the ballpark today. For more information, visit SyracuseMets.com