Here are a few of the best and/or worst moments involving the Mets and Yankees from over the years (in no particular order).
1. Dave Mlicki: For years Mets fans had heard that their team was inferior to the big bad Yankees. Heading into the first every Subway Series in 1997, the Mets sent Mlicki to the mound against a young Andy Pettitte. Mlicki went on to prove it’s okay to root for the underdog, shutting out the Yankees 6-0 in the Bronx.
2. The Mike Piazza-Roger Clemens Saga: First Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza. Then he threw a broken bat at him as he ran down the first base line. If you wanted to find a guy whom Mets fans and players alike loathed, Clemens was your guy.
3. The drop heard ’round the world: In 2009, Luis Castillo dropped an otherwise easy pop-up off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. It would have been the game-ending play, instead the error prolonged the inning and led to an eventual Mets loss. I think this was the first time I ever actually threw something while watching a game.
4. The disaster that was the 2000 World Series: For the first time ever, I along with many other fans, was actually going to see the Mets in the World Series…and against the Yankees to boot. Too bad if you blinked it was over. In five quick games, the Yankees won the series 4-1.
Let’s hope the Mets give me something to add to the list of best moments as the Subway Series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m.
Fora little Yankees perspective on the best and worst moments of the Subway Series, check out Ashley Teatum’s thoughts over at Spreadin’ the News.