There was this feeling of the great unknown. The crosstown teams facing off in games that counted for something in the regular season.
The year 1997 started it all.
Boy was it eventful. The series delivered it’s first signature moment with mediocre Mets starter Dave Mlicki hurling a complete game shutout.
It ended with a Tino Martinez walk-off against John Franco.
They are moments that I remember vividly.
For many, the Subway Series has had that effect on Yankees and Mets fans alike.
You remember where you were when Matt Franco walked off against Mariano Rivera?
You remember either the moment of bliss or pure agony when Luis Castillo dropped a ninth-inning pop up.
And of course who could forget Clemens vs. Piazza?
This is why the Subway Series works.
The fact that you as a baseball fan can remember a specific play, a specific moment all these years later, is because those moments still have a place near and dear in your heart. That is a thing of beauty.
Did the 2000 World Series change the dynamic in some ways? Certainly.
A crosstown World Series was the pinnacle, but it shouldn’t diminish how much fun these regular season games are.
The Met fan wants to go into work and stick it to the Yankee fan.
The Yankee fan wants to remind the Met fan of their excellence as a franchise.
It’s a fun dynamic.
Could you shorten the Subway Series to three games a year? I wouldn’t have an issue with that.
It makes the games even more special. You have a defined winner every season and you rotate home field every other year.
You’ll appreciate the games more at your respective ballpark.
The idea that the Subway Series has no sizzle and has completely lost it’s luster is simply an unfair one.
With all those moments over the past 22 years, why stop the party?
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