From ESPN.com -
“The Mets — and for that matter, the Phillies — are part of the craziness of baseball in the Northeast,” Cashman says. “But the Yankees and Red Sox, ESPN has totally surrounded our organizations. Put it this way: If you check the number of back pages [in the tabloids] between the Yankees and Mets in the last five years, you’d be shocked how far ahead we are.
“I don’t say that as disrespect to the Mets; they’re a great organization with great people and great ownership, but the focus on us is extreme. … It’s taken 100 years to build this situation. Same goes for Boston.”
I have news for Cashman. He was 19-years-old and living in Lexington, Kentucky, when the Mets won in 1986.
I was in New York for 1976, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
When the Mets win, New York City is a Mets town. It’s insane.
It’s probably because the Yankees always win and the Mets hardly win.
But, I will tell you now – if the Mets make it to the World Series and win, the Yankees will become old news in a minute.
You can count on that.