Adam Meshell writes about the difference between the two teams -
From 1980-1990 the Yankees averaged a bit over 28,000 fans per game. On average, that was about 1,500 more tickets punched per game then the Mets. From 1991 to present time the Yankees attendance jumped to over 38,000 per game. The Mets jumped slightly to 30,000 giving the Yankees an 8,000 person edge on average per game. In a matter of a decade the fan bases drastically changed in numbers. This is the consequence of a generation of youth growing up watching a team win World Series after World Series. Both teams have built new stadiums 3 years ago. While the Yankees kept capacity around the same as the old stadium, the Mets decided to decrease their seating by about 13,500. These are two teams in the same market, competing for the same fans yet Mets ownership clearly feels as though they cannot compete for fans on the same level.
The toughest part for the Mets is that the difference between the two franchises is not solely based on wins and losses. For decades, the Yankees were directed by an owner who had his share of negative moments, but for the most part was an extremely charismatic individual. Despite any negative attention he may have received during his life, George Steinbrenner will be remembered for how significantly he was able to grow the franchise by doing and spending whatever it took. By contrast, the Mets ownership will most likely be remembered for being a large investor with one of the most infamous financial villains the world has seen. Follow that with a story being leaked that the Mets required a loan from Major League Baseball just to make expenses. The saga does not yet have an ending, but the chance it ends positively for Jeff and Fred Wilpon is microscopic.
While the Yankees have had to deal with some steroid scandals involving Alex Rodrguez and Roger Clemens their perception in the media and to the outside world remains squeaky clean. The Mets on the other hand are viewed as a walking calamity. The Yankees have received negative attention in recent days because one of their most respected players asked out of the lineup. Last year, the Mets had a player assault an older aged man in the clubhouse. The Mets certainly win that battle if they are fighting for the biggest public relations disaster.
Even a brand new beautiful stadium had its share of problems. When first opening in 2009, fans continually complained of a lack of a Mets theme. $600 million and the place did not feel like home.
Of course, if the Mets win this weekend series at the Stadium – assuming they ever get to play some games with all this rain – it will seem like everyone and their brother is a Mets fan and pounding their chests.
These games are always the same for the Yankees. Beat the Mets, no one cares, you’re supposed to be better than them. But, lose to the Mets and it’s the end of the world. It’s no-win for the Yankees, all the time against the Mets, ever since they started these games. And, it may be a very, very, long time before that ever changes.