Good morning, sports fans! Baseball comes back to New York today -- at least the junior varsity version -- as the New York Mets kick off their 2012 season by hosting the Atlanta Braves. Johan Santana will throw the first pitch at Citi Field at approximately 1:10 p.m. ET.
Speaking of Citi Field, the ballpark's shrunken dimensions are a big part of today's story. You can see exactly what the Mets did to the formerly cavernous stadium in this illustration. After the jump, a video look at the redesigned ballpark.
Here is a question. What in the world is Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinking, signing on for a weekly spot on ESPN Radio New York? One more question. Are you as surprised as I am by the Yankees trading for backup catcher Chris Stewart and sending Francisco Cervelli to AAA?
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World Series predictions.
World Series Predictions (via sbnation)
Keegan Bradley, a St. John's graduate, is a 25-1 choice to earn the Green Jacket as The Masters tees off today. All eyes will be on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
NFL DRAFT COVERAGE
It is time to really get serious about the 2012 NFL Draft. We have everything you need to know about the New York Giants and New York Jets on our Draft Hub Page. Over at Gang Green Nation, our Jets blog, you can find an interview with Temple draft prospect Evan Rodriguez.
ON TAP TODAY
The New York Knicks are in Orlando to face Dwight Howard and the Magic in NBA action. In NHL play, The New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils are all in action. SB Nation New York will have everything you need to know about all of those games.