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2000 Celebration Against Yanks No Big Deal



By Mike Silva ~ May 21st, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva.

I had a little dialogue on Twitter with WFAN’s Sal Licata last night who, along with Evan Roberts, was fired up about the Mets honoring the 2000 NL Champs during this weekend’s Subway Series. Licata called it “embarrassing” and a “joke.” He wasn’t alone as other Mets fans didn’t want to watch it while Yankees fans were in attendance. Personally, I don’t have an issue.

First, the Mets fans have always done a bad job keeping Yankees fans out of their building. It always seems closer to 50/50 at Shea or Citi Field, while at Yankee Stadium you have about 30% Mets fans in attendance. Could be a statement on the front running fans in this town, but even when the Mets were clearly the better team it was the same. Mets fans just don’t show up to watch the team even when things are going well. They allow Yankees fans to buy their ticket plans and come in droves to the stadium. That should be their source of anger, not the Mets marketing department.

I don’t have a problem with the celebration because 2000 was about New York, not just the Mets. The Yankees were every bit part of the story than Bobby V, Mike Piazza, and Edgardo Alfonzo. Even in the regular season you had to battle for respect in this town as the Yanks had won 3 of the last 4 World Series. The Piazza/Clemens incident was the perfect preamble to the World Series. Also remember a Subway Series isn’t something that happens often. Before 2000, it was the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers that competed in the last one. That season was as much about the Subway Series than anything. It’s fitting to have the even on a night where they play their cross-town rivals.

Yes, I understand Mets fans frustration with losing to the Yankees and having their fans remind them again tonight. You have to think bigger picture about history and realize that 2000 was more than just about the Mets and Yankees, but about New York baseball. Enjoy seeing Turk, Piazza, Alfonzo, Agbayani, and Mike Hampton. Don’t let some mongo Yankee fans ruin your fun. This is your stadium, your team, and your home. They are the visitors and don’t forget that.

Stop worrying about everything that is wrong and enjoy the sport for a change. You have plenty to worry about with the current team that you don’t need added agita from a loss that happened a decade ago.

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3 Responses to 2000 Celebration Against Yanks No Big Deal

  1. Robert Conroy

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. NY, like most cities is a front-runner town. The Mets outdrew the Yankees in the ’60′s when both teams were awful. Yankee Stadium was virtually empty every night during their down years. Ask Red Barber. In the ’80′s the Mets outdrew the Yankees by a wide margin while the whole town was Mets crazy.

    I don’t know why people try to rewrite history all the time with blatant falsehoods about the Yankees. Sloppy journalism at best.

  2. Robert Conroy

    The Mets outdrew the Yankees EVERY YEAR from 1964-75 (both teams not very good overall). The Yanks came out on top from 76-83 (Yankees 3 WS appearances, Mets in the dumpster). Then the Mets from 84-92 (Mets powerhouse years, Yankees floundering with the Boss being a jerk). Yanks again from 93-09 (The “buy all players/steroids era”). Final tally – Yanks 25/Mets 21.

    ” but even when the Mets were clearly the better team it was the same” – umm Mike, when exactly were the years since interleague play that the Mets the were better team?

    ” Mets fans just don’t show up to watch the team even when things are going well” – I guess averaging a shade under 3 million and far away higher than the league average constitutes not showing up during the glory years of the mid ’80′s.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way. It spoils the myth.

  3. Mike Silva

    Robert

    Even the players admitted this weekend that it seemed to be 50/50 at Shea and 70/30 I Yankee Stadium. I didn’t mean overall attendance, but Subway Series attendance. The Mets fan has done a bad job keeping the Yankees fans out of their stadium.

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