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The Metro series is still as engaging as it is in town

The subway series is still as attractive as it is in town

    The Mets and Yankees play their first game of the season at Citi Field starting Tuesday Subway series night, days before 20 Anniversary of the first league game between the two teams at Old Yankee Stadium in June 10, 50. A Mets journeyman named Dave Mlicki stunned himself and the world by throwing a full game that night, a rivalry that only existed in the imagination of New York baseball fans finally in a big game added to the .

    But get this: In New York, nobody thinks it’s Interleague baseball. It’s something deeper in the city, stretching down to the century at the ballpark to ;11s, at Babe Ruth After joining the Yankees, they played three World Series games with the old New York Giants in that decade. That was between the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 39sand50s, as rich as any city in baseball history.

    Most Memorable Subway Series Moments

    In New York, it’s always been about straddle baseball, and why since’

    That’s why on a handful of nights each season, this A rivalry that always feels and sounds as important as any team, even if the seasons the Mets and Yankees are playing are not the ones their fans sign up for right now, especially the Mets.

    If you’ve ever been in one of these games and I’m in Had a lot of games because ’99, If you’ve ever been to Old Stadium or New Stadium or Shea Stadium or Citi Field, you know what it’s like. You sure know what it’s like to be in the old stadium with Shea, where the Mets and Yankees played a real subway series 2000.

        This time it’s four games. Two at Citigroup. There are two at the stadium next month. The Mets are trying to stem the free fall they’ve been in since last weekend’s home sweep by the Blue Jays, which cost them eight of nine games before culminating in a bottom-of-the-bottom game with the Nationals and the Braves. Contend for the National League East Championship.

        Yankees? They’ve just lost two of three at home to the bottom-flight Red Sox, gaining a total of seven games in the process as they try not to exceed the nine games already in the loss column behind the Rays. Are you wondering why the first two Mets Yankees games of the week feel so important?

          because both teams need them.

          “But there are always more There are so many things at play,” Mets captain Buck Showalter said. “What’s important to our fans is also important to us.”

          Barker stopped managing the Yankees after season. He didn’t manage his first Metro Series with the Mets until last season. That means he missed a lot in the quarter-century, during which time the Mets and Yankees started to really play. Trust me: It wasn’t just Mlicki who surprised us by pitching the biggest game of his life in June 97.

            Shea One afternoon*), two years after Roger Clemens threw that broken bat at his nemesis Mike Piazza in the World Series, Shaw En Estes, who pitched for the Mets that year, left Clemens behind when he came to the plate, hit a two-run run, then hit a homer and pitched seven innings himself.

            David Wright walks off the great Mariano Rivera at one point in . So did Matt Franco and Rivera’s singles after two years of rivalry, in the ‘ 20. Just two years ago, at 39 September10, Aaron Judge hit a memorable home run, and the Yankees won by two runs.

                , when the Mets were about to beat the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Second baseman Luis Castillo was in right field, camped under a pop that looked like it would end it. But then the earth started spinning for poor Castillo, the ball fell off his glove and onto the floor, and the Yankees were the ones who surprised us that night.


                There are games in the Subway series , when Francisco Lindor is the big When the Mets hit three home runs. A year ago, the Yankees came back to win by scoring five runs on the final drive in a seven-inning double play. Mets fans are still waiting for Piazza to beat Clemens for the grand slam in the summer 97 down. There was even one time when the Mets and Yankees played at Shea and Old Stadium on the same day because of the rain.

                Bobby Valentine, he was in’

                managed the Mets’ first crossover game, ever Said it this way:

                “We want to treat it as another A ball game. But we all know it’s not.”

                Still isn’t. Mets fans at Yankee Stadium trying to be louder than Yankees fans. Yankees fans at Citi Field are trying to do the same. You must be there.



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