The Yankees, en route to their fifth straight loss, were swept by their cross-town rivals the New York Mets.
That was one of the most painful sentences I have written this season. It is bad enough that the Yankees are in the midst of their worst slump this season, falling two games out of first place to their next opponent, the Boston Red Sox. The fact that this slide is courtesy of the Mets just adds insult to injury.
Full personal confession here: I love the Subway Series. From the first pitch at Yankee stadium to the last one in Citifield (or vice versa), I look forward to every second of it every year. For many, the series has lost its lustre but, for me, it is one of my favorite times of the baseball season..
The lights at the top of the Empire State Building are always the color of the winning Subway Series team, and I have often taken trips there just to bathe in the glow of Yankees colors signifying domination against their cross-town counterparts. In addition, when I find myself in enemy territory I scan desperately for someone, anyone, wearing the white interlocking NY and sigh with relief, knowing that I am not alone in rooting for the Bronx Bombers.
Perhaps this is just my unique experience, fueled by my desire and ability to infuse baseball into all facets of my life. Regardless, I absolutely love it.
This year, however, was shocking and painful, not fun. The Yankees, in direct contrast to their 54 - 36 regular season record versus the Mets prior to 2013, were swept for the first time and dropped the season series for only the third time in the history of interleague play .
Aside from Wednesday night's game, the games were relatively close and the Yankees certainly didn't embarrass themselves. Still, a sweep is a sweep and a sweep by the Mets is agonizing. The Mets insignia will be extra painful to look at tomorrow, next week and up until the Yankees, hopefully, reassert themselves next year.
So, for the first time, I am happy to say goodbye to the Subway Series and I'm sure the Yankees aren't too sad about that fact either.