Every year, the TV cameras cannot wait to catch the proverbial two fans standing next to each other- one wearing a Yankees jersey and the other a Mets one. They bicker back and forth- one saying the Yankees are the best and the other the Mets. New York loves their sports teams and what better way than show it than having Mets and Yankees fans debate over which fan base has the better fans? I guess. Is it me or doesn't it always seem that the fans that are picked out for these featured articles or videos are the ones who can really care less in the first place? More than likely they would do anything to get on TV and probably can care less about baseball anyways. But this is what the subway series has come to.
The sad thing about it is the fact that the subway series has distinguished itself with two distinct fan bases. I am not talking about Mets fans and Yankees fans, but the groups of fans that are knowledgeable about their teams and the game... and the ones who really do not have a clue. I am talking about Yankees fans that know their favorite team has won 27 Championships but cannot name half of them. And I am talking about Mets fans that cannot name half of the 20 managers the team has had in their history. But they all get lumped together because it is the "subway series." All "fans," whether they really are or not, get their moment in the spotlight. For the city of New York, they would rather somebody be a "true New Yorker" than a "true baseball fan." Yankees Stadium and Citi Field get filled almost completely with fans knowing that they are going to the subway series. Only half are real baseball fans with the other half being casual spectators of the game who have little clue about their so called allegiance.
To the true fans of either team, these next four games are just another four on the schedule. The Yankees are trying to keep pace with the teams in their own division, one in which they expect to contend for its title. The Mets are trying to get themselves back together after a series of ten games they'd like to forget. Yet many will state how it is soo important that the Yankees make up for losing 4 straight to the Mets last season. Others will say how big it is for the Mets to win to avenge the 2000 World Series loss. People who are hell bent over the last two statements do not have a clue and likely care little about baseball. Maybe the subway series was created for those people, the casual fans who really have no interest in the game of baseball. They are sure to have their entertainment. As for the legitimate fans of either team... it is just 4 games in a season of 162.