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Why this Metro series is so important to the Yankees, the Mets

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We’re closing the full quarter-century of the Metro series that begins Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and the temptation – if not the truth – is that we’re officially approaching the shark portion of our program.

The news disappeared long ago, probably in 1998, so far the teams have met three times in a row at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, where the Mayor’s Cup matches will take place and the Mets-Yankees will play. yins have become imaginary. .

The world’s ultimate sense of the game is probably in the fourth year of the Metro series, in 2000, when both teams made their way to the obsolete, outdated and old-school subway series in October. swollen The march of the “World Series”. It justified all hopes and all sorts of noise.

In the regular season Metro series, we had a lot of memorable moments – the closing of Dave Maliki; Doc Gooden returned to Shea and in the summer of 2000 defeated the Mets in a historic two-headed game; Roger Clemens calls Mike Piazza in his nightgown; Two years later, Shawn Estes ’bizarre revenge drama; Luis Castillo’s falling pop-up (and Mark Teixeira’s head-to-head climb home first). There are others.

Aaron Boon and Luis Rojas
Aaron Boon and Luis Rojas
Bill Kostroun; AP

But these games are rarely rushed, certainly not from both eagles. Rare disappointments from both club houses were rare.

For many years, one team – usually the Yankees – has been doing very well.

Over the years, many of them, one team – mostly the Mets – began to feel the weight of the pull pulling them south on the division table.

In a few years, both of them will be very few, both teams will be armed, and it’s just a matter of playing a few fun games with Boston or Tampa Bay on one side of town, Atlanta and Washington until real interest continues. opportunity for. other

Not this time. Not this year. This season, both teams will have an almost clear view of what’s going to happen this weekend, as their years have been saved or shattered, sent to sleep with fish or fly with eagles. Matt and the Yankees both sit in the same seats.

The Yankees didn’t even get a chance to erase the memory of the inexplicable 11-8 gag case against the angels on Wednesday night and Thursday morning because the rain (or at least the threat of rain) was the fourth o ’. left the yin. a series of games on Thursday afternoon. When the Red Sox destroyed the Royals, they still managed to throw another half-game in the tournament table.

Meetings? Since May 3, the Mets have somehow come out on top on their own, although for most of those 60 days, they’ve posted a content card that matches Syracuse or St. Louis in March. The Dodgers cooled the nationals and held out their hands before the rain washed away the last four innings in Washington on Thursday night, after the Mets were beaten by the Braves on Wednesday at 20-2. , swallowed his ninth bowel in Atlanta on Thursday. .

So the Yankees have to straighten themselves out, or they rarely have to sell at the end of the month.

And the Mets have to correct themselves, or face another year where, instead of moving fast and their opponents in their division refusing to bury them, they may or may not be able to physically endure. they face another three-month ordeal. .

The teams will meet again in September this year, but by then their destinies will be clearer. And until then, the games will have a very different significance, as the midfield will take place on Saturday, September 11, 20 years after the fall of these towers (at least half of this series should be played). ). of course every year).

So this weekend is about two-way, duel intersections.

And that has rarely happened since 1997. In fact the first year the Yankees were 37-29, the Mets were 36-20, and both were fighting for wild-card placement (Yankee did it, the Mets didn’t). It was 2005, when both teams were 22-20, the Yankees came out of the early 11-19 hole and the Mets came back 0-5 (the Yankees did that, no Mets).

In 2009, the Mets had a fight when they tried to hang Fillies after losing two-thirds and the Yankees swept Boston … and then Frankie Rodriguez knocked down Alex Rodriguez and … you know what happened there.

Metro series like this were rare and they were very long. But this time, they brought more than just the nostalgic stories of the 1940s and ’50s and the“ bragging rights ”- it helps you ride the subway for $ 2.75. And it’s about time.

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