Yankees notes & quotes: Welcome to the Subway Series
The next four days will be filled with action between the Yankees and Mets, as the revised home-and-home version of the Subway Series kicks off tonight at Citi Field. It’s difficult to believe that it has been 17 years since these two crosstown rivals first met in a game that counted.
While the Subway Series probably won’t ever equal the intensity of the 2000 World Series, Joe Girardi – who was there for the first meeting back in June ’97 as an active player – thinks that Yankees-Mets is still quite worthwhile.
“I enjoy it. I think it’s great for the city and fun for the players,” Girardi said. “It’s something different and there’s obviously emotion in it. Probably the game that I remember the most was Tex scoring from first on the pop-up to second base, more than any game. It was a crazy night. But I enjoy it.”
Girardi is, of course, referring to the June 2009 game where Luis Castillo dropped an Alex Rodriguez pop-up in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira ran hard all the way from first base, scoring the winning run and stunning the Mets. The funny thing about that paragraph is, none of those players are active and in uniform here tonight.
Mariano Rivera continued his “Mo-Ment of Thanks” tour tonight in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, meeting with 18 longtime Mets season ticket holders and employees. One question he was asked — did he think, even for a split second, that Mike Piazza’s deep fly ball in Game 5 of the World Series was going to leave Shea Stadium? Rivera shook his head.
“As a pitcher, you know,” Rivera said, laughing.
Here are the pitching probables for the series:
Mon., 5/27 at New York-NL
RHP Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.51) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.80)
7:10 p.m. YES/MLB Net.
Tue., 5/28 at New York-NL
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.93)
7:10 p.m. MY9 / ESPN
Wed., 5/29 vs. New York-NL
RHP David Phelps (3-2, 3.96) vs. RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76)
7:05 p.m. YES
Thur., 5/30 vs. New York-NL
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34)
7:05 p.m. YES / MLB Net.