10th Annual Subway Series Brings The Surprises
But, as in the case of all Subway Series, some strange plays and unpredictable outcomes occurred.
"I was talking about that with Tom [Glavine] the other day," Cliff Floyd said after the improbable Yankee win on Saturday. "It's something. It's not just a normal win or normal loss. I can't put my finger on it. I wish I could." Besides Billy Wagner's meltdown on Saturday, when he gave up a four run lead, which eventually led to a 5-4 Bomber victory, Floyd had his own adventure, when he let a simple base hit by Derek Jeter go through his legs for a double. "I was saying to myself that this can't happen," Floyd said. "It was the longest run to the outfield to get that ball."
The outfielder redeemed himself with a home run later in the game off Mike Mussina. But the Met closer was not as fortunate. Reminding the fans of some Met stoppers of the past, Wagner gave up four runs on two hits in only one third of an inning.
"I just stank today," Wagner said afterwards, but in the two Met wins, the fireballing lefthander was his old self.
A perfect, three-strikeout ninth gave Wagner the win on Friday, when David Wright doubled to drive in Paul Lo Duca to give the Mets a 7-6 come-from-behind victory. Jermi Gonzalez was smacked around in the first inning by the Yankees, but the Mets came right back against Randy Johnson with a three run homer by Carlos Beltran in the first.
After fighting back and forth, Aaron Heilman tossed three scoreless innings to set up Wagner's victory. Wright thinks the three games show how competitive both teams can be. "We have two quality teams going at each other, two really good teams that never say die," he said. "It was 4-0 and they never gave in. Same thing the other night. That's what great teams do."
It was much of the same on Sunday. Tom Glavine and Aaron Small both pitched well, but back-to-back homers by Carlos Delgado and Wright gave the Mets four runs. After getting one back in the eighth off Duaner Sanchez, Wagner came in to a standing ovation and, although he wasn't perfect, closed the door to a 4-3 Met win.
It's something Wagner needed after such a horrible outing the day before, but as he said, he been through meltdowns like this many times before.
As always, the two teams will meet once again for a three game set in the Bronx, July 1-3, which is just in time for George Steinbrenner's 76th birthday.
If history holds true, the Boss and all the other New York fans can expect the usual amount of surprises that weekend, as well.