San Diego Padres defeat New York Mets, 6-5

Maybe it's Citigroup officials who ought to cringe at being associated with the Mets.

After pregame festivities that included cheers for a Tom Seaver-to-Mike Piazza ceremonial first pitch, and jeers for Gov. Paterson and commissioner Bud Selig that made Oliver Perez's and Luis Castillo's receptions seem tame, the Mets lost to the Padres, 6-5, Monday night at Citi Field. A sellout crowd of 41,007 watched the first regular-season game at the $800 million ballpark that had...

David Wright didn't rip the first home run at Citi Field, but he was the first Met to cause the giant new apple in center field to sprout in full splendor.

Wright's three-run homer in the fifth inning tied the game, but Ryan Church's error and Pedro Feliciano's balk in the sixth broke the tie and led to a 6-5 loss to the Padres to spoil the first game in the Mets' new ballpark.

"I would've taken the win, and that's kind of the memory I will take away from this, other...