Mets Buck Showalter Apr 25, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) celebrates after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Happy pitchers and catchers report day to those who observe.

Major League teams will report to their respective teams in Florida and Arizona, so we’re officially back in business. For New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, he has started the season off right by simply being himself.

The first press conference of the season is always exciting. You check to see if everyone has reported to camp healthy, shake off the cobwebs of the offseason, and in Showalter’s world, he admits he discovered an easy way to order a burrito.

“What’s that place — I don’t want to mispronounce it, Chipotle? Is that right? I think half our team was in there last night,” Showalter told the media on Tuesday. “You can order on your phone, did you know that?”

Showalter appeared very proud of himself to know this information.

“I got one of the clubbies to do it for me,” he added. “Just drive by and asleep by 9:00.”

This is a very Buck Showalter-type of media availability and yes, it’s as wonderful as it seems.

The Mets finished the 2022 season, tied with the Braves in the National League East at a 101-61 record, and added to their roster this offseason in hopes of taking the division.

The team signed Triple Crown winner and three-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander after he boasted a 1.75 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 175 innings.

The hope is to have a healthy outfielder in Starling Marte whose absence could have been what hindered the team’s possibilities to advance. He spent most of the end with a fractured middle right finger. Despite his return during the NL wild-card series, he wasn’t playing at 100 percent.

He’s a game-changer when added to a lineup, especially one filled with so much power already. Marte’s guaranteed to steal bases as well.

Oh, and let’s not forget that strange Carlos Correa saga.

Showalter, in the midst of the Chipotle chaos, provided an update on Marte saying, “So far, so good. We haven’t had anything come to our attention that doesn’t make us think he won’t start the season. I know in a perfect world he would like to play for the Dominican [in the World Baseball Classic].

Leaving the team was starting pitcher Jacob deGrom who inked a five-year, $185,000,000 contract with the Texas Rangers, an offer he simply couldn’t refuse.

He’ll never have to bat an eye when thinking about the extra charge for guacamole.


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