Subway Series: a Look Back at This New York City Rivalry
When do the New York Mets and the New York Yankees Play Next?
Are the New York Mets and the New York Yankees Rivals?
Yes, the New York Mets and New York Yankees have a crosstown, interleague rivalry called the Subway Series. An interleague rivalry in Major League Baseball means that one team is from the National League (the Mets) and one from the American League (the Yankees).
Who are the New York Mets’ Biggest Rivals?
The New York Mets have rivalries within the National League East and, most notably, with the New York Yankees. Their rivals within their division are the Philadelphia Phillies, the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.
Who are the New York Yankees’ Biggest Rivals?
The Yankees have rivals within their division and across town. Their rivals in the AL East are the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays. They also play in the Subway Series, a local rivalry against National League opponent the New York Mets.
New York Mets vs. New York Yankees Subway Series History
The Mets and Yankees have a relatively short playing history against one another compared to the teams’ marquee rivalries with other teams. The two squads first squared off in June of 1997, where the Mets beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium 6–0. Between 1997 and 2022, they’ve met a total of 134 times, with the Yankees edging out the series lead 80–59.
The Yankees and Mets collided in postseason play in 2000 for the first and only Subway World Series, where the Yankees — led by Derek Jeter, Dwight Gooden and Roger Clemens powered past the Mets 4–1 to capture the title.
Controversy struck during that series at the conclusion of game two when Clemens and Mets catcher Mike Piazza had an altercation. Clemens hit Piazza with a pitch during an earlier game that season that landed Piazza on the Disabled List with a concussion. In game two, Piazza splintered a bat on a ball that was fouled off, with a portion going over the pitcher’s head. Clemens grabbed a large piece of the bat and hurled it towards the baseline and dugout, nearly hitting Piazza and spurning a benches-clearing brawl.
The Yankees won the game 6–5, but the Mets bounced back in game three— their only win of the series.
Where Do the New York Yankees and New York Mets Play?
The New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium, also commonly called “The House that Steinbrenner Built,” named after former owner George Steinbrenner. The stadium is located in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. The new Yankee Stadium was finished and opened in 2009, and as of 2022 is the third-largest stadium in Major League Baseball.
The New York Mets play at Citi Field located in Corona Park in the heart of New York City. The stadium was opened in 2009 and replaced the previous park, Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964. The first game played in Citi Field was actually a collegiate contest between St. Johns and Georgetown, where the Hoyas won 6-4 in front of 22,397 fans.
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