Imagine being a fan of a team in a pennant race combined with playing your crosstown rival?
The Subway Series is one of those events that I always look forward to, regardless of the year, regardless of the record.
The Yankees and the Mets; the Bronx and Queens; Big Brother vs. Little Brother (sorry Mets fans).
The series can divide your work place, it can divide your family, and it can divide your household.
That’s why it’s so fun.
Even though the Mets are in the midst of a lost 2017 season, this week is their fan base’s version of the World Series.
A chance to spoil the Yankees run towards a return trip to the postseason.
There are some that make the argument that the Subway Series is “played out” and lacks the luster it once had many years ago.
I couldn’t disagree more.
Of course, the Subway Series will always be more enjoyable when both teams are alive and well in their respective pennant races, but it can even work in a situation where a team tries to play spoiler.
It works either way, because no matter what, if your team wins the night before, you are going into work talking all sorts of smack.
It’s the sort of smack talk you won’t hear for Yankees-Twins or Mets-Padres.
The idea of having both New York teams play in games that matter is always going to be fun.
It’s amazing that there was a time where the Yankees and Mets did not play in the regular season, but I can think back to so many Subway Series moments where I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.
I remember being a third grader going into school in 1997, disgusted after Mets pitcher Dave Mlicki shut down the reigning World Series Champion Yankees in the first ever Subway Series game.
I remember Roger Clemens hitting Mike Piazza with a fastball in the head, and then throwing a bat at him in the World Series a few months later.
And of course, I remember sitting in amazement in the right-field bleachers watching Luis Castillo drop a pop-up that turned an inevitable Mets victory into an agonizing defeat.
The memories are countless and for my sanity I don’t know if I could handle a Subway Series played in late October with the World Series on the line.
I just don’t think my blood pressure could handle it.
That said, it would be a lot of fun and would be a great thing for New York City.
For my health, though, once a year in the regular season will do.
Long live the Subway Series.
You can listen to me after the Subway Series on Friday from 2 to 6 a.m. & Saturday from 2 to 6:30 PM on WFAN Sports Radio 660/1019.