NOTE: Boo to the Cards getting their rings in front of the Mets.
www.mets.com wrote:11/16/2006 6:03 PM ET
2007 schedule features baseball's best
Cardinals, Yankees, Twins highlight impressive slate of games
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
The teams that played the final National League game in 2006 will play the first game in the National League in 2007. The Mets are to begin their 46th season in St. Louis against the Cardinals, the team that last month denied them the league championship they thought they would win.
Rather that hoist the National League pennant prior to their opening home game, against the Phillies on April 9, the Mets will be there to see to Cardinals raise a World Series banner and receive their rings at Busch Stadium on April 1.
The schedule, released on Thursday but created before the NLCS, has the defending NL East and NL Central champions playing the first Major League game of the season at 8:05 p.m. ET on April Fool's Day, aka Rusty Staub's birthday. ESPN is to carry the game.
The Mets are to play their second series on the road, in Atlanta, before returning to Shea Stadium for the Phillies series.
The Mets may face the most challenging schedule in the big leagues, because their Interleague assignments includes series -- all at Shea -- against the three 2006 defending division champions of the American League and a road series against the American League champion Tigers. The Mets play home series against the Yankees from May 18-20, the Twins from June 18-20 and the Athletics from June 22-24. They go to Detroit for three games from June 8-10. And, of course, they play a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, June 15-17.
Moreover, the Mets play two series against the Dodgers, the National League Wild Card winner in 2006, in Los Angeles, the first one coming between the Interleague series in Detroit and the Bronx. And the NL West-winning San Diego Padres come to Shea from Aug. 21-23, with the Dodgers arriving on their heels.
The April 1 game will mark the third time the Mets have begun a season in St. Louis. The first Mets game, an 11-4 loss, was in St. Louis on April 11, 1962. The Mets began their 1992 season in St. Louis as well, winning, 4-2, on April 6 with Bobby Bonilla hitting two home runs -- one in the 10th inning -- in his Mets debut.
Incidentally, the Mets finished in last place in both 1962 and 1992.
They played the Cardinals in their first games in 1963, 1985, 1989 and 1996 -- all in New York -- as well.
The schedule is still subject to changes in game times.