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Mets and Yankees Rivalry: Three ways to improve the Subway Series

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Chasen Shreve #45 of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up a two run home run to Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets as Wilmer Flores #4 rounds the bases in the seventh inning during their game at Citi Field on September 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Chasen Shreve #45 of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up a two run home run to Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets as Wilmer Flores #4 rounds the bases in the seventh inning during their game at Citi Field on September 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 08: Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees scores past the tag of catcher Devin Mesoraco #29 of the New York Mets on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Judge #99 during the sixth inning of a game at Citi Field on June 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Without getting too gimmicky, these three ideas could help make the Subway Series between the New York Mets and New York Yankees a little more interesting.

Like the munchkin that rolled behind the couch a month ago you’re too lazy to retrieve, the Subway Series has gotten stale. The annual faceoff between the New York Mets and New York Yankees hasn’t had much juice for years. Every time it rolls around, fans fill the ballpark anyway because it’s an easy way to see your favorite team on the road.

I don’t blame those who still enjoy seeing the Mets and Yankees rivalry at work. There’s a daily war between the two fanbases. For the teams—not so much.

The Mets and Yankees are geographical natural rivals which means every year we see them battle four to six times. Each squad gets the same amount of home games as the other and the owners make bank during the series. It’s a profitable venture and not one I think will disappear anytime soon.

However, you can’t blame me for trying to improve the Subway Series. Give us something different. Give us a reason to want to see the outcome.

Hoping to inject some life into the Subway Series, I’ve thought about a few ways to make the Mets versus Yankees a little more fun or unique without getting too gimmicky.

Honorable Mention: A Neutral Site

Because I can’t think of a good neutral site which makes much sense, this idea gets only an honorable mention. Imagine, though, if The Polo Grounds still existed. Or what about Ebbets Field? I would love to see these two current New York baseball teams play at an old ballpark.

New York City doesn’t let any land go to waste—although you could debate the merits of certain retail stores, government branches, etc. Those old ballparks don’t exist anymore. Any places I am aware of are too small to hold a Major League Baseball game.

Any neutral location would need to have some significance to New York or baseball history. It’s where the game grew up.

Unless there’s a secret place that exists, we’re going to have to punt this idea.

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