There are only so many Opening Days. Only so many first ones, like Luis Rojas was going to experience at Citi Field on Thursday. Only so many when you think you have a stacked team, like Aaron Boone believed he possessed.
In separate conversations with The Post, both men said they still think there is going to be a 2020 Opening Day. And both New York managers expressed that the delays were small in the grander scheme of the medical, emotional and financial siege ongoing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mets and Yankees were scheduled to begin campaigns with big dreams shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, the Mets against the defending champion Nationals in Queens, the Yankees against maybe the majors’ worst team, the Orioles, in Baltimore.
For Rojas this is just bizarre added to strange. He was not even named Mets manager until late January in the aftermath of the departure of Carlos Beltran due to his ties to the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Yet, he acknowledged constantly imagining his first Opening Day as a manager since and noted that when 1 p.m. Thursday comes, “I am going to be thinking it is first pitch right here.”