Citi Field opened for baseball Friday, complete with hand sanitizers near each foul line, socially distanced markers and masks for players and staff.
Some 113 days after the COVID-19 outbreak shuttered spring training, the Mets returned to workouts for a 2020 season they hope will materialize. Over three staggered sessions that began at 9 a.m. and were set to conclude 12 hours later, the familiar sound of ball meeting bat and thumping leather echoed throughout a near-empty ballpark.
“It’s hard to see my teammates and be [distanced] from them, so that is the hard part about all those protocols,” Wilson Ramos said after a morning workout. “But at the same time I am happy to be here and do what I like to do, especially here at Citi Field because it’s home.”
Ramos crushed the first batting practice homer of spring training 2.0, a shot to center field that hit the black retaining wall in front of the apple. He joined fellow catchers Tomas Nido and Rene Rivera in the cage before moving to work with the pitchers.
Manager Luis Rojas held pre-workout Zoom meetings with players spread out in different rooms, just to set the tone for camp and offer reminders about the…