NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time in a long time the Subway Series really means something.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, it was a sold out game and an electric crowd at Citi Field on Friday night.
Fans knew there was more on the line going into the first game than just bragging rights.
The “Battle of the Boroughs” began with playoff hopes on the horizon for both teams.
On Friday, the Mets beat the Yankees 5-1.
Ahead of the game fans of both teams were giddy with anticipation.
“They’ve been the ‘Amazin’ Mets’ like they used to be, so it should be a great game,” said Mets fan John Ashford of Harlem.
“I’m excited to watch it. I hope the Yankees win,” added David Salerno of Astoria.
The difficult loss was even more difficult to swallow for Yankees fans, with more than just pride at stake, both teams are hoping to make the playoffs in the same season for the first time since 2006.
The series does matter more for the Yankees this time around than the Mets. The Bombers are hoping to avoid having to get into the postseason as a wild card game. They trailed the Toronto Blue Jays by 3 ½ games in the AL East rave with 17 games to play.