The fans got way more than they paid for in the most recent Subway Series between the New York Rival Mets and Yankees. Just a few weeks removed from the smack down that the Yankees placed on the Mets in the Bronx, the Mets were poised and ready to return the favor. In typical Mets fashion, a sub-par performer, closer Frank Francisco, opened his mouth and labeled arguably the best team in baseball a bunch of chickens. Not a smart move when you are going to face off with said team the next day.
Luckily for Frank, he was able to back up his trash talking with a save opportunity in game one of the three game series. The Mets came out with a win, but Frank made his fans sweat as he put the tying runs on base and had to finish the game against the always scary Mark Teixeira. It’s nice to know that no matter how dumb an individual player might look with what they say, the rest of the Mets team has their back regardless. This team camaraderie was shown as Mets reliever, Tim Byrdak, pranked Francisco by bringing a live chicken into the clubhouse.
After dubbing the chicken “Little Jerry Seinfeld,” in honor of the great sitcoms episode with a chicken with the same name, the Mets media had a field day. When the joke ended, Byrdak set up a home for “Little Jerry” at an animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. The Mets donated $500 to that sanctuary upon the chickens departure but not before Tim Byrdak set up a photo op.
“Holy Cow, Little Jerry, don’t freak out!” Byrdak said as more than 20 cameras flashed simultaneously.
Unfortunately for the Mets, team shenanigans do not guarantee wins as the Yankees came out in game two in an early hole and found solace in a name that has been around for a while. Raul Ibanez is so old that I remember playing with him on Nintendo 64’s Ken Griffey Junior’s Baseball back in 1994-95 when I always played as the front running Mariners. I mean it’s not like I was going to use the early 90’s Mets. Who would have thought that this 20 year veteran would still have enough pop in his bat to shatter the Mets dreams of making Kung Pao Chicken out of the Yankees. It’s not surprising that the Yankees beat the Mets with their long ball because the Yanks have scored more than 52% of their runs for the season on homers, which is an absolutely absurd number. Whether it is absurd or not the Yankees are winning.
A sweep would have been nice but the Mets fans would have been fine with just winning 2 of 3 against their hometown rivals. This rubber match had more hype over it than any regular season baseball game in June that I could remember and the fans got more than they bargained for. R.A. Dickey, the hottest and most talked about pitcher in baseball, versus C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees Ace and one of the best pitchers in the last decade, facing off on Sunday Night baseball on ESPN. Everyone, including myself, thought this would be a pitchers duel till the last pitch, but with spotty defense on both sides, the Yankees power at the plate and the Mets clutch hitting with 2 outs, neither pitcher made it past the sixth. Once the game was tied at 5-5 and came down to which bullpen would hold up the longest I knew that the Mets were going to lose. The Yankees have one of the best relief staffs in the big leagues and the Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in the National League…you do the math.
The Yankees won 2 out of 3 in Citifield and finished the season series by winning 5 out of 6 overall. The Yankees, A.K.A Chickens, gave the Mets a big Cluck You to hang their heads on. Now the only way these teams will face off again is if they both make it to the big dance in October. Who knows?
After the Yankees laid the smack down on the Mets 2 weeks ago, sweeping the first edition of the 2012 Subway Series, New York baseball fans weren’t exactly sure where the juice to this series would come from. If the Yankees won than great, they are expected to. If the Mets win, even swept the Yankees, then they’d be even. Though everyone is looking forward to Sunday night’s Sabathia vs. Dickey showdown, one Met supplied a little extra fuel to the fire that will start burning tonight at Citi Field.
In an interview with the New York Post, Frank Francisco said, “I can’t wait to face those chickens, I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.” When asked to elaborate on what he meant by chickens, Francisco said “I think I’ve said too much already.” This is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard in my life as a sport fan, and there has been a lot. Francisco is new to New York this year, so maybe he hasn’t heard that the New York Yankees are the class of the city, and the baseball universe at that. If you are going to call somebody a chicken, please explain what the hell you are talking about. Who the hell does Frank Francisco think he is anyway. I’ve watched a lot of Met games and even though he has 17 saves on the season, very few of them have been easy to come by. He is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA. His team is performing well but have been doing so playing gritty and they weren’t expected to do much this year. The Yankees are in first place, just swept your ass last week and have a number of future hall of famers.
Derek Jeter is a chicken? Andy Pettitte is a chicken? Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, CC Sabathia (maybe ARod is but thats it!) The Mets have Jason Bay who is allergic to playing baseball. They have Ike Davis who in an interview yesterday conceded that he would be happy to win one of the three games this weekend. That’s what I call chicken. The Yankees roster is full of players who have been in high pressure, big moments in their careers and have rings to prove it. There are a lot of things you could call the Yankees, like winners and champions, but chicken isn’t one of them. Francisco cited the fact that he struck out that side once in the past. Well he did, in 2004 for the Texas Rangers. He struck out Jeter, ARod and Giambi on May 21st of that season in the 7th inning. In fact, the fact that Francisco has such a vivid remembrance of a May 21st game in 2004 is pathetic. I guess it’s a career highlight?
For my Mets-fan friends, sorry, I was hoping we might take it easy on you this weekend; maybe even take the first two games and let RA Dickey win one against us Sunday. However, after Franky ran his mouth I hope the Yankees celebrate all weekend long at Citi Field. It would be especially nice to see Francisco blow a couple of games, just so we could really see who has the intestinal fortitude to play in New York for more than 3 pathetic months. Shut your mouth Frank and enjoy the ass beating this weekend.