St. Louis MVP Albert Pujols and Mets third baseman David Wright each said hello to 2010 with a first at-bat home run, each dramatic for its own reason.
It took Pujols, who battled a bad back for part of the spring, about 10 minutes to become the clubhouse leader for another NL MVP award. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea).
As for Wright, his power diminished noticeably last year -- from 33 homers in 2008 to 10 last year.
Worse for Wright and the Mets, of those 10 homers in '09, only five came at Citi Field.
You can't judge a season on one at-bat, but for Wright to smash an opposite-field homer in Citi Field to greet 2010 ... if he can regain his power game, you can't underestimate how important that will be for both Wright and the Mets.