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Why Mets fans root against the Yankees in the postseason

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26 Oct 2000: The New York Yankees celebrate their World Series clinching victory in Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 to win their 26th World Series title. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
26 Oct 2000: The New York Yankees celebrate their World Series clinching victory in Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 to win their 26th World Series title. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
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26 Oct 2000: The New York Yankees celebrate their World Series clinching victory in Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 to win their 26th World Series title. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
26 Oct 2000: The New York Yankees celebrate their World Series clinching victory in Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 to win their 26th World Series title. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT

JT. Teran, Editor

Like Christina, I see red whenever the New York Yankees are mentioned. My Yankees hatred actually predates my Mets fandom, so you know it comes from a place of deep disgust.

There are logical reasons for why I hate the Yankees, but there are also illogical ones. Both equally influence how hard I root against the “Bronx Bombers” every time they play, and specially in October.

Let’s start with the most painful reason of all.

The 2000 World Series

I will hate the Kansas City Royals for as long as I can because they beat us in the World Series in 2015. They’re not a natural rival as we don’t share a city or a division, but after losing the Fall Classic to them, they are forever on the garbage list.

Take that same sentiment to an extreme and apply it to the Yankees and the fact that they beat us in the 2000 World Series. The series ended 4-1, so anyone that sees that would plainly assert that it was a blowout when in fact it was about as close of a series as you could really get. Every game was decided by two runs or less.

Of course, nobody, not even me, cares about that. The Yankees got bragging rights for years (maybe decades until we meet them in the World Series again and beat them), and Mets fans were forced to play second fiddle in New York, again.

Add to that the Roger Clemens. Do I need to say more? After beaning Piazza in the head earlier that season, Clemens decided to throw a broken bat in his direction during the World Series. I’m sure it was probably just ‘roid rage at that point, but I will remember that for a very long time.

Yankees fans are seriously the worst

Like Cola mentioned before, I don’t care that you’d root for the Mets in the postseason if the tables were turned. That just makes you a crappy Yankees fan. We are rivals in this city. There’s no partnership or allegiance. If you hate the Mets as much as I hate the Yankees, I actually respect you more.

The Yankee fans that actually understand baseball are okay in my book. This isn’t directed at you.

The ones that only jump on the bandwagon every time the team is actually good are the issue. Much like Mets fans that decided to join the fun in 2015 and disappeared in 2017, these people are the epitome of annoying. The only difference between these two is that the Yankees are good more often, so these fans that think Jeter is still playing are visible a lot more commonly.

Yankee fans would love to be able to play the underdog this year too. Unfortunately when your payroll is still over $225 million, you can’t really do that. You’re the Yankees and you will forever be the Evil Empire, regardless of whether you made huge free agent signings the year before or not.

Blind hatred and envy

I’ll admit, my hatred for the Yankees is completely unjustified at times. Even this current team that’s full of young and talented players will get my complete and total disdain because they wear the pinstripes. I’m not trying to justify it at all. The Yankees could turn into a small market team that plays small ball and I would still despise them. They could make their tiny ballpark more fair for pitchers so that regular popups don’t leave the yard and end up in the second deck. I still wouldn’t care.

There’s also a part of my hatred that’s based on envy. The Yankee organization only cares about winning rings, and will spend an insane (and often times stupid) amount of money to make it happen. I wish the Mets – who play in the same big market – would do the same. I would kill to have our payroll be over $200 million and be the big bad Mets that everyone hates. I would love to believe that we’ll spend a ton of cash this winter to put out the best possible roster on the field come Spring Training. Unfortunately I know that’s not going to happen.

The envy, while silly as it may be, is a legitimate. I don’t have an excuse for it. That’s just how it is. Now, let’s go Astros!

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