Citi Field was rocking on Thursday night as the Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the Braves to kick off a critical five-game series that could either vault the Braves into first place or bury them in second place.
With New York in the midst of one of its best seasons in franchise history, Sal and Gio agree that the atmosphere in Queens is unlike anything they can remember in recent years, and it should only get better.
“The atmosphere at Citi Field, there’s a different type of feel,” Gio said during Friday’s show. “A team like the Mets that has a rabid fanbase and the team doesn’t always win…it has a different feel. It’s a coiling spring that is about to go off. You’re starting to get that feel at these home games. You love that.
“Not every season is like this. Not every season ends in the postseason. Right now, we are in the midst of one of the great regular seasons we’ve seen.”
The Mets, who haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2016 Wild Card Game, now have October baseball all but guaranteed, and the home fans seem to be growing more and more excited for the team’s playoff outlook, and just how far they might be able to go.
“This year, it’s a given. The postseason is a given,” Sal said. “Now it’s about how much are they gonna get? Could this be the year? The fans are hungry. They’re starved. We’ve been wanting this for a long time…you can feel it last night. “
As for the short term, the hostile environments for visiting teams will continue for the Braves, who will also have to deal with Jacob deGrom’s first home start in over a year in Sunday’s series finale.
“Every one of these games is going to be packed,” Gio sad. “Maybe even a sweep is on the line on Sunday. That place is gonna be insanity. It’s gonna be great.”