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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 15: Starting pitcher Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets runs onto the field in the first inning against the New York Yankees during interleague play on August 15, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Holiday Exclusive Event

Baseball on the holidays is special to me. I think it goes back to a few years ago when I had the Fourth of July off from work and spent it watching to baseball games and listening to them on the radio. Something about the muffled sound of a baseball game on AM radio always gives me good feels.

During the baseball season, there are plenty of notable holidays to schedule events around. Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day are the big four. What if one of these always meant a Subway Series was taking place?

Accepting we will see the Mets versus Yankees every year, why not schedule it around a special holiday? I like Memorial Day the best because it’s also Fleet Week. Pack Citi Field with navy men. Make it a night about more than baseball.

Each year, the Subway Series could take place on a different one of these holidays. If we even want to dig deeper, maybe those “Hallmark Holidays” get a rub, too. I would not be opposed to seeing these two New York teams play on Secretary’s Day.

It feels like baseball is slipping further from the consciousness of America. Associating the Subway Series with a holiday is one way to get average people to think about it again.

When the Yankees host the series, the Mets could even hold a holiday event at Citi Field with the game playing on the big screen. Make it a charity event. Take advantage of this matchup as much as possible.

Over time, this may grow stale. However, at least for a few years, I think many New Yorkers may embrace the specific holiday or holidays as a chance to ignite the Mets and Yankees rivalry.

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