Yes, the games count. Sure, the aging stadium in Queens will be alive. But the juice went out of Yankee-Mets in October of 2000 when the Yankees won the World Series, 4-1, over the Mets. When Mike Piazza’s fly nestled into Bernie Williams’ glove for the final out, the regular season Subway Series became irrelevant in the Yankees’ eyes. They beat the Mets easily in the World Series. What could six games in the summer mean?
“Last year I got caught up in it because it was my first one,” Alex Rodriguez said of the Subway Series in which he went 0-for-11 in the three games at Shea. “This year I could care less.”
You’d think a guy who is at the gym every morning at 7am while his peers are nursing hangovers or taking their kids to school would muster up a little more enthusiasm for this series, particularly when his team are still 5 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. Then again, when you’ve won as many World Championships as Alex Rodriguez (I can’t remember the exact total but I’m pretty sure it ends with a zero), you can’t get too excited over this sort of thing.
We shouldn’t expect Rodriguez or any of the Yankees to be cutting promos like Ric Flair, but if the Princess can’t get pumped up about playing to a full house, at least half of whom think he sucks, maybe he’s in the wrong business.