I?ve played some center field in my career, but mostly, I?ve played the corner outfield positions and first base. So I?ve usually played with one of the foul lines right there, close by. That?s where I?m most comfortable.
Sometime Wednesday, I?ll be right on the line, the first base line. And I?ll be real comfortable. All of us will be out there, standing on the line — all queued up like soldiers — when we get introduced before the first game of the playoffs. That?s what we?ve been waiting for — the beginning of playoffs. I?ve been waiting a long time.
Pre-game introductions . . . you used to think about things like that when you were a kid. And I?ve thought about it this year, too.
There?ve been lots of times since I signed with Mets before the 2003 season that I?d wondered if I?d get to do that with this team. I mean, I?ve been out there already — for the All-Star Game in 2001 and with the Marlins in 1997 when we won the World Series. But I?m sure this will be different, you know, crazy.
I know it hasn?t been that long since the Mets were in the postseason. But none of the guys who played in the Subway Series in 2000 is still with us. Trachs has been here the longest, and he got here the next year. Glav and I got here in 2003. We?ve had some tough times. But they?re over now, and we?re going to be on the foul line Wednesday with all those fans and all those jitters. The good jitters.
Everything will be going through our minds in the five minutes we?re out there. It?ll pass quick. You know what they say about a New York minute. I just hope I don?t get too amped up and not take it all in. This will be special — New York in October, the Mets in the playoffs.
I think New York is anxious to see us all lined up again. I know they?ll be up. When we?re out there Wednesday, I know it?s going to feel like a big hug.