Syracuse, N.Y. 'Meet the Mets, step right up and greet the Mets!' That's what local fans in the area got to do, Tuesday, as the Amazin's invaded central New York.
The Mets closed out their spring training slate with a workout at the Carrier Dome before heading to Washington, D.C., to open up the season against NL East rival, Nationals, on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
The team worked out for a little less than two hours, in front of more than 4,000 fans, according to Newsday. It was all part of an effort to promote the new AAA affiliation in Syracuse. The Syracuse Mets are set to begin play in the International League on April 4.
Even with the fun nature of the workout, the Mets say they are ready to get to work and that they are feeling confident heading into the regular season.
"We feel prepared, we feel like everybody that's gong to be on that opening day roster is ready to go," said manager Mickey Callaway, after the workout at the Dome. "We have leaders in [the clubhouse], we have selfless players. To be the team that you want to be, it's all about selfless service and everybody in that room wants to win."
People within the organization have said that they feel as though they have put together a team that can win a lot of ball games this year. On Tuesday players claimed that even with all the skill, at least on paper, that this team has, they will be a team that will find success through outworking their opponents.
"No matter what role you're in, no matter what position you play, our goal is to go out there every day, fight hard and win games," said first baseman, Dominic Smith. "[General Manager] Brodie [Van Wagenen] put together a special group of guys in that locker room and we've been gelling ever since day one.
"So it's been fun and we look forward to taking that energy every day, and we're looking forward to the season."
They also recognize that other teams within the division have improved as well, especially the Philadelphia Phillies who signed arguably the offseason's most coveted free agent, Bryce Harper. They said they're looking forward to the tight race that they are expecting, and that they aren't planning on taking any games off.
"We're going to come out there and we're going to be like bulldogs," said outfield, Brandon Nimmo. "We're going to fight each day, this is going to be a tough competition here in the NL East.
"I wouldn't say you can win it in April, but you can lose it in April," Nimmo added. "So we know that each game is important and we're not just looking towards the end and making a push at the end. We know that each game right when we come out in Washington, D.C. for the opener is very, very important."
Video courtesy of CNY Central (WSTM) in Syracuse.