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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 – AUGUST 16: Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees steals second as Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets loses the ball in the first inning during interleague play on August 16, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Make Us Wait

I’m as impatient as anyone when it comes to many things in life. I microwave my food, curse at red lights, and already had my tombstone written out in my 20s. One thing I can wait for is the Subway Series.

Anticipation is the best way to sell a game like this. Knowing the Subway Series happens only once every three years like most other interleague ones would it more special. Think of the revenge factor. If the Mets sweep the Yankees one year, the team from the Bronx would have to wait three more years to get their revenge.

MLB schedules rotate from season to season which division faces each other in interleague play. The one thing that doesn’t change is a team facing its “natural rival.” Some teams, however, don’t have the interleague foe closely associated with them. No other team has one as powerful as the Yankees either.

Baseball has a terribly imbalanced schedule and interleague play definitely plays a factor. It’s an unoriginal thought that it’s unfair for the Mets to play the Yankees every year when other teams in their division get to play weaker American League East squads. How ‘bout them Washington Nationals getting to drive along the Beltway to face the Baltimore Orioles?

By making this a series which takes place as frequently as others, the MLB schedule balances out more. I know it would never happen because the money grab is far too great compared to a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Most important of all, this would make the Subway Series something we could all look forward to. When fireworks only happened on the Fourth of July, everyone watched. Now that they occur every single night at minor league stadiums across America, they’re not nearly as special.

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