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The Mets commenced the Santana era yesterday afternoon with a 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins on opening day at Dolphin Stadium. Fittingly, it was this very Marlins team that punted the Amazin’s out of the postseason picture in the final game of the 2007 season, closing the book on the largest collapse in the history of MLB’s regular season.

It was impossible to ignore how much has changed for both clubs since last September, when Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis were still members of the Fish, and Johan Santana was pitching for the Minnesota Twins. Five months later, Florida’s dynamic duo is gone, and the Marlins’ $17 million payroll falls $2 million shy of the $19 million the Mets will pay Santana to be their ace this season.

The whole afternoon seemed a storybook start for the Mets in 2008, from Santana’s sparkling pitching line (7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 8 K) to David Wright‘s bases-clearing double in a six-run fourth inning that put the Mets ahead for good.

But don’t start printing those NL East Champion t-shirts just yet. Ironically, 2007 began in eerily similar fashion for the Mets, who began last season on the road in St. Louis against the Cardinals team that had ended their season in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. The Mets won that opening game 6-1 and went on to sweep the 3-game set. At the time, this is what we wrote here in this space:

20-2. That was the combined score of the three-game series between the defending World Series Champion Cardinals and the NL-runner-up Mets. The Mets know they can’t rewrite history, and they’ve refused to acknowledge any special significance that this season opening series may have held for them as a team, but the three-game sweep has to taste a little bit sweeter knowing that it comes against a team that they probably should have beaten in last year’s NLCS en route to their own World Series title.

So is this all just a little bit of history repeating? Perhaps. As a Mets fan, it’s your duty to be suspicious of good fortune. For the moment though, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.

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