On Monday, August 22nd, and on the 23rd, the 1st place Mets played their crosstown rivals, the 1st place Yankees in a 2-game series in the Bronx The Yankees swept both games by an identical 4-2 score.
The Yankees have won the AL East. Aaron Judge is having a historic year with 61 HRs with 130 RBIs. He may win the coveted Triple Crown.
The Mets are tied with the Braves for 1st in the NL East.
Do New York baseball fans of these two teams hate each other? That's an interesting question. Tell me, do you know two brothers who are fans of the same New York team? I doubt it. Specifically, I am saying that if you have just one brother.
One of my better friends, a man we call Birdie is a die-hard Yankees fan. Our long-time friendship stems from being native New Yorkers and our bond is Sports. Ironically we both are Cleveland Browns fans which has further strengthened our friendship.
The real Subway Series was in 2000 when the Yankees beat the Mets 4 games to 1 though the Mets played competitively and were in every game.
The ultimate in this rivalry was that Fall classic Subway Series. This year there's a chance it can happen a second time being that both teams are in 1st place and have a better than 99% chance to make the playoffs.
Do Mets fans hate Yankee fans and vice versa? I say not. However, many Mets fans I know do not like the arrogance of some Yankee fans since they expect to win the World Series every year. However, that's mostly a good thing though. I mean it's good to have such high expectations.
The Yankees have won more World Series than any team in Baseball. 27 of them to be exact. The Mets won just two in 1969 and 1986. Mets were last in the World Series in 2015 vs. the Royals.
Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009. Speaking as a Mets fan since 1967, I don't hate the Yankees. I do have my favorite Yankees. I always admired the legendary Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Then there was Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Later on, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. Currently, Aaron Judge is a favorite of mine, though I don't expect him to be a Yankee in 2023. Yes, there is such a thing as Yankee pride. However, I don't see them paying him in excess of $300 million considering he will be 31 next April.
For me, no one compares to all-time favorite Mets player; Tom Seaver. Now my favorite is Pete Alonso who most likely is going to be the Mets' next $300 million plus player when he becomes a free agent in 2025.
No doubt, it will be exciting to listen to or watch the games on Monday and Tuesday though I'm a Mets fan, I prefer to listen to a Yankee Radio Broadcast. I find John Sterling to be entertaining and real; a straight shooter.
When the Yankees had Ken Singleton and Jim Kaat doing TV, I always preferred to listen to them over the Mets broadcasters, especially Ex-Met Singleton who I found to be informative, even-toned, fair, and direct.
As a kid, I loved watching Mike Wallace narrate the show Biography, especially when he did one about Babe Ruth who was, and always will be to me the ultimate Baseball legend. And how can any Baseball fan, not like Lou Gehrig or Mickey Mantle?
Presently, I am not fond of Gerritt Cole. Yes, he's good but to hear him complain so often is hard to hear. Even many Yankee fans I know and like, don't like him. Fore, sure I'm rooting for Judge to win the Triple Crown and break Maris' HR record. I'd love to see Judge & the Yankees agree on a long-term deal so he stays in New Yrk for the next 6-7 years. If not NY, he could be heading West. I feel Giants will go all out to sign him. Judge is from the Fresno area.