No, you haven't stumble on to a blog about fine dining.
My point here is that the Mets have now gone seven years without seeing serious October baseball. The Yankees are staring at two straight, an eternity for any fan of the team under twenty-five years of age. As hard as it may seem, this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise for both teams.
I was in Pittsburgh's PNC Park over the weekend to watch a series between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. The atmosphere for a late August series was nothing short of electric. That's because the Pirates got a small sampling of playoff baseball last year after a twenty-one year wait. They are hungry again at the prospect of making the playoffs again and seeing how far the team can go.
It was once like that in New York.
For the Yankees, think back to what it was like in 1995, that first playoff game at Yankee Stadium against the Seattle Mariners, the first taste of October baseball since 1981. I was there. The fans roared and barely sat down from the time Joe DiMaggio threw out the first pitch until the final out was made in a Yankee victory.
The following year, Game Six of the World Series at the Stadium, against the Atlanta Braves, was just as crazy. Go back and watch either of those games on YouTube. You won't recognize the ear-piercing sounds from the fans of those games.
Same with the Mets. Watch Game Six or Seven from the '86 World Series. It was like a jungle at Shea.
Time needs to pass for fans to stop being spoiled and appreciate a winning team again. For the Yankees, a near-perennial playoff team, a healthy five or six year absence from the postseason (quite possible with their salary cap tax issue over the next two years) would do wonders for what is now the quietest, smart-phone reading 40,000-plus crowd in the history of the game. And for the Mets and their mausoleum at Citi Field, imagine if everything broke right with their young pitching next year and they won a division championship.
This is not a New York thing. Remember how the Braves couldn't sell out playoff tickets in the Nineties? It was because they made the playoffs every year and the fans were spoiled.