An Open Letter to Mets Fans About the Yankees

By / April 3, 2013 / 2013 Season


Tanya Mercado

Dear Mets fans,

Opening Day this past Monday was an amazing success. It was so great to see some of you and talk for a little bit. The excitement of a new season is always great tosee first hand. No matter what happened during the off-season or the year before, the new year always brings with it hope.

It also gives us a chance at amazing tailgating reunions. Of course, opening day wins make it so much more memorable. The Mets have continued to improve their record for opening day wins now at 34-18 (.654).

However, the purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention to the obsession so many of you seem to have with the New York Yankees. I understand they are the crosstown rivals. So having some fun at their expense is only right. Yet, after the Mets won their opening day game 11-2 and the Yankees were losing 4-2, so many decided to chant:

“Yankees Suck!”

“F— the Yankees!”

What is the point? These are the same people who would got on the case of the Boston Red Sox fans, who a few years ago decided to chant the same thing during the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade. Everyone looked at them like they were crazy. This is the same thing.

The Yankees are crosstown rivals. Nothing more. They have no impact on the Mets chances of making the playoffs or the World Series. So why are you so obsessed with them? While it is entertaining to have some fun at their expense, especially when it comes to Alex Rodriguez and other PED allegations, chanting “Yankees suck” after the Mets win a game is stupid. As it is, Mets fans are perceived to have an inferiority complex when it comes to the Yankees. Why make it worse by doing this?

Yankee fans, it goes both ways. There is no point in throwing your rings in the face of Mets fans. After awhile, your “27 rings” argument makes you look stupid because that is pretty much all you have. No, it isn’t enough. How about having a loyal fan base that will actually stick around for the duration of a game? How about a fan base who believes in comebacks? Where are you when your team is losing? That’s what the Mets have that the Yankees don’t. Loyalty! Opening Day 2013 was proof of that. Stick to your own pages and forums. Stop trolling the pages of NL teams. Your arguments are redundant and lack logic on so many levels.

Bottom line is this:

When it comes to the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, root for your own team. Forget about what the other team is doing. It has nothing to do with you. They do not affect our season. Teams of the National League do. Our division rivals do. You want to “boo” and “hiss” those teams, be my guest. Just leave the “Yankees suck” chants to the Boston Red Sox fans and for the interleague series.

Enjoy the 2013 season. I have a feeling it will be one we have been waiting for. One, two and three steps forward and none backward.


Tanya Mercado

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