Major League Baseball Preview: Robert Randolph On The New York Mets

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In advance of Major League Baseball’s opening day this Sunday, JamBase reached out to a number of musicians and asked them to preview the upcoming season for their favorite team. Along with predictions for the pending 162 game schedule, the artists also shared insights into the love for their favorite team and how they’re able to manage following the wins and losses while living the life of a touring musician. Today we have a report on the New York Mets from pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Head here for reports on the Pirates and Cubs from members of Umphrey’s McGee and check back tomorrow for more MLB previews.

How do you think the Mets will do in 2016?

The Mets will win the World Series in 2016!

What was the best move the Mets made this off-season?

The best move the Mets made this off-season was re-signing [outfielder] Yoenis Céspedes.

How closely do you follow the team while you’re on tour?

Oh, very closely. We watch all of the games on the tour bus. Sometimes we have to hold the show up if it is a close game.

How often do you make it out to the ballpark?

About five games a year, not as many as I’d like since I’m on the road touring for most of the baseball season.

Who is your favorite player of all-time and why?

My favorite player of all time is Darryl Strawberry. He had the total package: the arm strength, the star power, the swing and he was fast too. I respect him even more now that he has cleaned up and is a mentor to a lot of athletes and kids.

Commissioner for a day: What would you change about MLB?

I was just thinking about this the other day. I would change it so that the National League would have designated hitters.