According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin, the Mets and Yankees, who annually have played six games a season since 1999, have a new format beginning next season.
The teams only will meet four times -- two times apiece in each
ballpark. The 2013 games will occur consecutively, on May 27 (Memorial
Day) and 28 at Citi Field, then May 29 and 30 in the Bronx.
MLB's new schedule tries to make the difficulty for all division
opponents comparable. While the Mets maintain the four games with their
natural rival -- the Yankees -- they otherwise exclusively play the
American League Central, trying to make it equitable with the other
National League East teams, who also line up for that division.
When the Mets play the Yankees, the Phillies will play their natural
rivals, the Red Sox. The Braves will face the Blue Jays. The Marlins
will face the Rays. And the Nationals will face the Orioles.
The Mets and Yankees likely will play six games a season in the years the AL East and NL East line up for interleague play.
Subway Series games are typically the best attended, so the
reduction of one home game against the Yankees seems to hurt the Mets at
the box office. The Mets averaged 41,559 fans per game at Citi Field
this season for the three-games against the Yankees.
For the Mets 2013 full schedule, click here.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Chipper Jones, in his farewell to Flushing, walked on four pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was replaced by a pinch runner. He received a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, capping warm treatment by Mets fans for the most part all weekend.
Chipper ultimately went 0-for-7 with two walks in his final series in Flushing.
Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:
Showing their class, the 23,161 fans gave Jones a warm send-off, a standing ovation, mixed with some diehard boos, as he came to the plate, and then another standing ovation as he left the field. Three steps from the dugout, Jones took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers. It was a wonderful baseball moment. “It was cool,’’ Jones said. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, spattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos.’’ Jones also brought out the lineup card, snapped a picture with the umpires, and was cheered.
“You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,’’ Chipper explained. “The Mets organization rolled out the red carpet all weekend and has been extremely nice. I’m very appreciative.’’
Said David Wright, who ended up making the game's final out: "As much as the fans like to get on him over the years, I think they respect his body of work and respect his career and the way he's carried himself. And what he's been able to do on the field is obviously a nice cap to a Hall of Fame career.
"You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Braves. Growing up, I had TBS just like everybody else. Braves games were always on. I think that it goes hand in hand. You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Atlanta Braves. I think he's represented the organization tremendously. I think the next stop will hopefully be the Hall of Fame."