In New York, baseball is not just a sport. Rather, it is something that fans live and die by, as well as bond over. Go to a New York Yankees game, and in the stands, you'll become friends with people you otherwise would never have talked to. The same can be said for attending a Mets game at Citifield.
As much as New York fans love their teams, they love the players even more. In most conversations amongst each other, fans will reminisce about both past and present players and how great they were during their time in New York. Being a Yankees fan, I find myself doing this quite a bit, either with friends or fellow Bleacher Creatures.
However, New York's baseball history goes back over 100 years and is more than just the Yankees. Let's not forget the crosstown rival New York Mets, as well as the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, who later departed for the west coast. That being said, let's honor the histories of all four teams by spotlighting some of their best players.
Here are the 25 most beloved players in New York baseball history.