Mets Honor Gary Carter, Then Win On Opening Day

New York MetsGary CarterAtlanta BravesDavid WrightJohan SantanaAndres Torres

The Mets started the season with a very encouraging win with fans breathing a sigh of relieve after their surgically-repaired ace Johan Santana pitched five innings of two-hit ball for a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets announced a record-breaking sellout crowd of 42,080 – the most sold since the Citi Field gates opened in 2009. Fans honored the late Hall of Famer Gary Carter before the game and family members threw out the first pitch.

And while all 42,080 may not have showed up to the game – there were reportedly many empty seats – those that did were well-rewarded.

"Let's go Mets let's go Mets," said one fan. "It's a brand new year, we're all good at this point."

The Mets went up with an RBI single by David Wright, and never looked back.

"We're celebrating 50 years of baseball and I think we'll surprise a lot of people," said Eddie Bioson also known as 'The Cow Bell Man'.

There was a bit of bad news for Mets fans, however, as new addition Andres Torres aggravated an injured calf muscle and had to hobble off the field.

All in all, it was a hopeful beginning for a team battling in a tough division and trying to prove that the $43.4 million that was slashed from last year's payroll won't hurt them in 2012.

STEPHANIE TSOFLIAS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT

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