The New York Mets walked into the Bronx this past weekend carrying a 10-game winning streak.
They left Sunday night, having lost the Subway Series and being reminded that they're still second fiddle to the New York Yankees when it comes to Big Apple supremacy and New York City bragging rights. The Yankees won 6-4 Sunday night to win the Subway Series, 2-1. Alex Rodriguez helped the cause, going 2-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run to pull within one homer of tying Willie Mays' career 660 long balls.
Afterwards, A-Rod spoke to ESPN about what it will mean to tie Mays.
"Willie was my father's favorite player. I remember hearing about Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle all the time," Rodriguez said. "He's one of my heroes."
When A-Rod does hit that 660th career home run, it remains to be seen whether the Yankees will make good on their $6 million bonus.
The Bronx Bombers and Rodriguez had an agreement that when A-Rod reaches certain home run plateaus, including 660 and tying Mays' mark, he would get a $6 million bonus within 15 days of setting the mark.
However, the franchise doesn't think it should be on the hook for any bonuses owed to A-Rod, arguing that he used the help of illegal performance-enhancing drugs to get him to this point. Hmm...think the Yankees will cough up the cash and hold firm to their original argument?
Meanwhile, how much of a sting is this to the Mets? It has to be somewhat deflating to lose to the Yanks and possibly more, for A-Rod to be such a big factor in it. There's always the next Subway Series this summer.