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A Yankee or Mets Fan?

(Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez)

I wrote an article that was published by site founder, my son, David Conde on a previous site that he used to write with about Ed Kranepool and as the article was re-published on this site and I read it, I decided it was time to un-retire and write more articles. I want everyone to know that I am one of the few Yankees and Mets fan.

True Yankee and Met fans do not believe a person like me exists. They say you are either a Yankee fan or a Met fan. Well I am both.

I started as a Met fan in 1969 and then started following the Yankees in 1995 after moving to Florida from NYC. Basically living in Florida, I became a fan of all New York teams, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Jets and Giants. By following those teams I kept in touch with my New York roots. My two favorite teams were still the Yankees and the Mets. Of course at this time the Yankees were my primary team and the Mets were second only because I really was drawn to Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

The 2000 World Series was pure torture as I was happy the Yankees won but felt bad for the Mets. They had not won since 1986 and if they did win the 2000 series I would not have been too disappointed.

I like players on both teams especially the Mets pitching staff, which I wish the Yankees had some of their pitchers. The Yankees are heading in a different direction, similar to the 90’s, in which they now have a new core coming up called the Baby Bombers; Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin and Gary Birdd. They have added excitement to the team and even though the Wild Card is a long-shot, you never know in baseball what could happen.

The Mets on the other hand are struggling especially after they lost Matt Harvey and now Zack Wheeler is having some arm problems. Steven Matz has bone spurs as does Noah Syndergaard aka Thor. If they don’t make the playoffs it will be very disappointing especially after what they accomplished last year [Advancing to the 2015 World Series]. If they still had Daniel Murphy, David Wright and a better relief corp maybe things would be different but as I said before anything can happen, so until both teams are eliminated I will hold out hope that at least one of them make the playoffs.

These last 35-40 games will be exciting especially since the Chicago Cubs have been the only real powerhouse team in baseball, so stay tuned and if your team is within five games you might be one of the lucky ones to see your team in the playoffs.

Elias is a native of the Bronx, NY and a lifelong baseball fan. In High School, he once pitched a gem on the same field as Ed Kranepool and grew up rooting for both the Mets and the Yankees. Elias is a retired NYPD and Ocala, FL Detective and spends his quality time with family and writing about the game he loves.

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