Due to unforeseen events, this blog posting was delayed by a day. However, this weekend I experienced my first subway series. While there are many things I’ve had to learn in becoming a new Mets fan, one thing I knew from the get-go: There is a deep seeded rivalry between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
When I first decided to become a Mets fan, my Yankee-fan friends were the first to comment. In fact, they were the only ones to comment. “You’re picking the wrong New York team,” they said. “Pick a real team.” “What are you, a masochist?” they asked. So when I first saw the Mets-Yankees series on the May schedule, I knew this would be huge.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, due to the Mets’ recent inconsistencies. Would they fall apart under the pressure or would they pull it together and win? After the first game, I assumed that their loss would set the tone for the whole series. The Mets’ defense was solid, but the offense completely missed the ball (literally).
But on Saturday, things turned around. The Mets pulled off a solid 5-3 win. Jason Bay, who I like to call J-Bay, was hot with four hits. David Wright was on his game with two RBI singles. Mike Pelfrey was solid for six innings and Jenry Mejia’s awesome relief inning kept it going into the seventh. After a few more Yankee runs, K-Rod closed it out in the ninth.
On Sunday, with the series tied, it was anybody’s game. But the Mets pulled through to completely rock my weekend. J-Bay hit two homeruns! Santana was on fire until the eighth inning, where Feliciano came in as relief and closed up the inning. Rodriguez, who I like to call Frankie, had a little trouble against Jeter, but pulled it out for a Mets win, 6-4.
Like all of my other Mets’ experiences, I loved this. It was nice to validate my team choice, especially during such a pivotal weekend. Now all I can hope is that the Mets continue on this hot streak against the Phillies, with their series beginning tonight.