Next to it Martin Rogers
FOX sports columnist
If you’re a visitor to New York from outside the city, you haven’t been to the kinky Old Town for a moment and you still notice some smiles on your face in the subway, while thinking about what to do. for a moment, the reason may be baseball.
The soul of baseball’s success is firmly rooted in New York this year – a double dose of consistency from the Yankees and the savages, which sees fans of both the striped and the big city grimacing and basking in another victory, allowing dreams to be articulated at the same time.
Behind Aaron Judge’s roaring bat, the Yankees have risen to a top MLB score of 51:18, with Judge already 27 home runs. The Wilds record is second best at 45:26, despite losing a pair to Houston Astros this week, their supporters have been intoxicated with love for slugging star Jeff McNeil.
It’s New York’s baseball summer, something that sounds like it belongs to a distant generation, but in reality it hasn’t happened very often.
“For once, everyone is happy, everyone is smiling,” wrote New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro. “Everyone enjoys a long season of low tide and low tide because the flow is in surplus and the low tide is minimal.”
22 years have passed since the Subway series, but even that year was not like that. In 2000, Mets won 94 games (fifth in MLB) and Yankees in 87 (ninth) before fate and form smiled on them in the afternoon.
It wasn’t like this year, when both teams took over the campaign and looked back over their shoulders with a barely apologetic look.
The New York Times reported this week that a combined winning start (before the Forest’s loss pair) of 0.699 was the right way to be by far and far the best the two teams have had since the creation of Forests in 1962. the previous era of three teams – the New York Yankees and Giants plus the Brooklyn Dodgers – never gave a better collective mark than 0.636.
Recently, when one of the teams was successful, the other was often mite. Incredibly only once in 60 years have both the Yankees and the forest finished at the top of their division. Only four times in the 27 years since the wild card came in, both have made it to the offseason. It’s been a baseball swing; when one is up, the other is down. Or sometimes they’re both mediocre.
“It’s probably a good place to admit that many New York fans don’t like combined greatness,” Victor Mather wrote in the NYT. “For these fans, it’s not enough for their preferred team to succeed; their rival must also fail.”
Yes and no. Neither fan base would retain fond memories of a season that won, for example, 102 victories from their heroes, but a World Cup title for the people across the city.
But these are thoughts that can rest a little longer, at least until the serious afternoon business gets a little closer.
Considering only four traditional American national teams, New York has not had a champion since early 2012, when Eli Manning led the Football Giants to the second Super Bowl victory over the Tom Brady New England Patriots.
A barren period has passed since then, with the NHL Rangers dropping out of the Stanley Cup playoffs two weeks ago.
Sorry, MLS NYCFC, your triumph in 2021 did not fit the assumption in this column, but congratulations nonetheless.
But yes, no recent Big Apple glory in professional football or basketball, nothing that would have brought the ring of the region’s three hockey team collections, or a baseball diamond World Cup marvel.
Well, here comes the hope. The baseball centrifuge has been missing for some time as the Los Angeles Dodgers have changed their financial strength and the Yankees and Mets have each won just one division title since 2013.
Scroll to the present, and supporters don’t think about it all, they buzz about the present. There is something in the air and all the romantic notions that baseball – perhaps only baseball – can evoke are spreading in the city. New York remembers why it loves its teams and loves the sport like few other places can compare.
It is now felt that the baseball’s pulse is back. Locals who speak out with their drunken smiles would say it’s back to where it belongs.
Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. You can subscribe to the daily newsletter here.
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