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May 20, 2014 / Sports

Brooklynites say fan rivalaries keep excitment in Subway Series

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The Subway Series remains a main event for Brooklynites, and fans would like to see the Mets and Yankees face off more than just four times each season.

“You still want to come see this,” said Frank Amodio of Sheepshead Bay, a Yankee fan sitting in the Pepsi Porch at Citi Field. “I think it should go on longer. ”

The teams split their meetings this season with both taking two games in the other club’s home ballpark, culminating in the Yankees 1–0 victory at Citi Field on May 15.

There has been talk in recent years that the series has lost its luster because of the Mets’ overall struggles, the Yankees’s last World Series being in 2009, and the fact that the series is losing it’s novelty in its 17th year. Brooklyn fans believe it may have dipped slightly, but there is still plenty to be excited about.

“I think its lost a little because it’s done every year, but the rivalry between the fans is still there,” said Marine Park resident and Mets fan Steven Orr. “If you’re a Mets fan you hate the Yankees. If you’re a Yankees fan you hate the Mets. I don’t hate the Yankees. I hate Yankee fans.”

Those fan rivalries run between parents and children, husbands and wife, boyfriends and girlfriends. Mets fan Anthony Bellingeri of Sheephead Bay brought Gina Tart, his Yankee fan girlfriend to her first Subway Series game for her birthday last Wednesday. It’s because of that dynamic that fans believe every one of the games the teams play are meaningful.

“It’s the best,” said Melissa Storger, a Yankee fan and a Midwood high school grad.

Fans still can’t get enough of the Mets and Yankees facing off, and would like to see it go back to its old format. Since its start in 1999, the crosstown rivals played two separate series, one in Yankee Stadium and another at Shea Stadium or Citi Field. That changed last season with Major League Baseball scaling back interleague play in general.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he is just fine with the way things are because the atmosphere around the games is so different than the rest of the regular season, but Brooklyn fans felt four games so early in the year feels too short compared to the old way.

“It was more of an event,” said Billy Duryea, a Mets fan from Bay Ridge. “I kind of liked it. Six games as opposed to four, it was nice.”

Former Yankees great Mickey Rivers, who attended the game with a busload of fans coming from Pippin’s Pub in Bay Ridge, said he wished the two teams played more than just the one exhibition game during his time with the Yankees from 1976-79. Back then, they had little interaction with the Mets.

“It would definitely be more fun, because we didn’t see all the National League teams,” Rivers said. “We just saw them in the Mayor’s Trophy game.”

In fans’ eyes, the series still holds more weight for Mets fans because the Yankees have been more successful over the years and the Mets have made the post season just once since 2000 World Series. Trying to beat the Yankees is one of the few things they have to look forward too.

“As a Mets fan, it’s exciting for us because it’s our World Series,” Orr said.

While neither team earned true bragging rights this season, there is no denying the importance of each Subway Series game to the teams’ fan bases.

“If the Yankees win, they go after the Mets fans,” Belligeri said. “If he Mets win, they go after the Yankees fans. There is still a rivalry going on.”

Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewski@cnglocal.com. Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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