On the eve of Game 3 between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on the Yankees’ home turf, NY1 announced the Bronx team the definitive winners of New Yorkers’ hearts in a poll on local sports teams.Conducted in partnership with the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, the poll asked men and women across all five boroughs about nine area teams, including the former New Jersey Nets, Newark’s Devils and the Islanders (based in Uniondale, Long Island).
Sixty-three percent of the city’s residents say that the Bronx Bombers are the best team of the last 20 years. The Giants, with two Super Bowl titles, rank a distant second, with only 15 percent of the vote.
The stats on the Yankees’ hometown rival, the New York Mets, are interesting. While a rare 4 percent of New Yorkers called the Queens-based team the “best area sports team” of the past two decades, 52 percent are optimistic and say it’s likely or very likely that in the next 20 years, the Mets will win their first World Series since 1986, when they forced a seventh game against the Boston Red Sox.
On MetroFocus, Marty Appel, author of “Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees From Before the Babe to After the Boss,” shares the history of the Yankees-Mets rivalry and how the Bombers rivalry with the Boston Red Sox began in the first place.
Coming up on the October episode of MetroFocus, anchor Rafael Pi Roman talks baseball with Marty Appel, former PR director of the New York Yankees and author of “Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.” Here, Appel describes the development of rivalries between the Yankees and the Mets, and the Yankees and the Red Sox.