New York’s Turning of the Tides
When the first of two highly anticipated matchups between New York rivals, the Mets and Yankees, began both teams had similar records and the Mets had seemed the slightest bit more impressive. After yet another embarrassing weekend for Mets fans around the world, the Yankees proved who is the better team in New York for the time being. Yankee fans will never know what Mets fans go through on a nightly basis during the baseball season. The Mets were 8 games over .500 and a game out of first place in their division just a couple of weeks ago and Mets fans could not stop talking about how amazing their team was, while the Yankees were in the same position in the AL East and their fans were disappointed in the standings. The Yankees provide their fans with season after season of competitive baseball, while the Mets put their fans through a roller coaster of emotions on a weekly basis.
The Mets roller coaster was in full throttle this weekend as they made their way across bridge to visit the neighboring Yankees in the Bronx. On an extra two days of rest following his career high in pitches and the Mets first ever no-hitter, Johan Santana took the mound with fans hoping that his epic performance from a week ago would carry over into game 1 of the Subway Series. The big bats of the Yankees crushed those hopes and dreams really quick with bomb after bomb off the two-time Cy Young winner. Robinson Cano followed his second inning 2-run homer with another 2-run shot in the 3rd. The only difference was that in the 3rd inning, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones followed for the Yankees first back-to-back-to-back homers in over 2 years. The Yankees went on to dominate the entire game and win 9-1.
Emotional abuse is something that you learn to handle really well if you are a Mets fan, so Saturday night I was ready for game 2 and I just knew that my Mets wouldn’t disappoint me. Who the hell was I kidding? The Yankees shaky Phil Hughes looked liked the promising young prospect he once was and Mets did just enough to ensure that they lost yet again. After a first inning run off an Arod single, Dillon Gee seemed to settle down and the Mets looked to have hope. In the 3rd inning, the Mets quintuple back up shortstop, Omar Quintanilla, hit a rocket over the wall to tie the game 1-1, and in the 6th David Wright followed with one of his own. The Mets had a 2-1 lead and they were poised to win. In the bottom of the 6th, Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run shot for the Yankees, which was enough for Hughes and their bullpen to hold the lead. Curtis Granderson hit a homer himself in the bottom of the 8th just to add salt to the Mets fans fresh wound.
It was still all good because the Mets had one more game to prove that they would not be swept. A near 40-year old Andy Pettitte was taking the mound for the Yankees and the Mets were hungry for a win. The Amazin’s jumped out on top in the 2nd inning with 3 runs off the future Hall of Famer and all things were looking up for the Orange and Blue faithful…NOT! Mets starter, Jon Niese, had to fight his way out trouble all game by allowing 5 of 7 lead off batters to reach base in his 7 innings off pitching. Even with his elusive ways, the Mets maintained their 3-0 advantage until the bottom of the 7th. With 2 outs in the inning and no one on base, David Wright fielded a grounder and had an errand throw to first allowing a two-out runner. In true Mets fashion, the next Yankees batter, Russel Martin, capitalized on that error with a 2-run shot. In the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees scored 2 more runs on bloop singles and added help from a shitty Mets defense. The Yankees were now leading 4-3 going into the 9th.
There is a clear reason why Mets fans find themselves in constant disarray and depression and Yankees fans seem jovial and thrilled day in and day out. After relinquishing their 3 run lead and now trailing by one in the top of the 9th inning, the Mets were looking to be swept for the first time in the Subway Series in close to 10 years.
As a Mets fan, I was trained that “You gotta Believe,” so I did. First a double by Lucas Duda and then another by the worst hitter in baseball, Ike Davis, and the Mets had tied the game in a split second. Now with a man on second and nobody out, you would think that they could get that extra run across the plate so we had a chance to win. Of course that didn’t happen. A few bad at-bats later and the half inning was over and the game was tied 4-4. That’s when I got a phone call from my father, who is a Yankees fan, and he asked if I was watching the game. At that moment I knew we had lost. I said to him that I know how this one plays out. The Mets raise the hopes of their fans and then piss on our emotions in the most dramatic fashion. I predicted that Russel Martin would go yard on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth for a walk off victory. I was wrong…it took 10 pitches for Martin to hit that home run and I hung my head in what was just another disappointing weekend for Mets fans around the world.