The Subway Series has lost some of its luster in recent years. Gone are the days when Roger Clemens threw the broken end of a bat in Mike Piazza’s direction. The two New York teams haven’t played a series of real significant meaning since the 2000 World Series. And all the while the New York Mets have lived under the shadow of the Yankees, trying to prove that they are not the second-rate baseball team in New York.
While the Mets have been on the rise in recent years and the Yankees declining with age and mediocrity, the Yankees flexed their big brother muscles in Wednesday’s matchup with their cross-town rivals. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Mets surrendered three runs in the bottom half of the first before tying the game in the top half of the second inning. But with each run scored the Yankees answered with some of their own, and by the third inning the Yankees had a 6-3 lead curtesy of a Mark Teixeira home run.
The back and forth ended there, for some time. The offense died down for a time, but in the fifth inning tension rose between the rivals with Mark Teixeira batting again. The first pitch from hard throwing south-paw Steve Matz plunked Teixiera just above his left ankle. No sooner had he hit the ground when he got back to his feet and began barking at Matz. The benches cleared, but no altercations occurred as order was quickly restored and the game continued.
But in the seventh inning, fireworks between the two clubs were sparked yet again. With Teixiera on first, Mets’ relief pitcher Hansel Robles was seen barking at Teixeira, accusing him of stealing signs and relaying them to the batter. Robles was critical of Teixieria’s actions.
“That’s not the way you play baseball,” he said through an interpreter, as reported by MLB.com. “You have to play baseball as a man.”
Teixiera, however, maintained his innocence throughout the whole ordeal.
“I’ve never gotten inside of someone’s head just by standing there,” Teixeira said. “That’s a talent, I guess. Listen, if you think I have your signs, just change them. That’s part of the game. I try not to do it a lot. I don’t like it, trying to steal signs. If you think I have them, then change the signs. Don’t try to challenge me to a duel.”
Teixiera was seen visibly laughing at Robles during the incident, and it was the Yankees who walked away with the last laugh. On the strength of Luis Severino’s 4 1/3 innings of lights out relief pitching, the Yankees cruised to a 9-5 win. They’ve won two out of three so far in the current series, with the fourth and final game scheduled for Thursday night.
Have a tip we should know? email@example.com