Drop a couple of bucks on some subway tokens and if you managed to not get mugged on the way to the park you saw the Yankees play the Mets in the 2000 World Series. The last time that old NY rivals played a subway series was in ‘56, but this game’s matchup was Roger Clemens vs joy boy Mike Piazza, not Don Larson vs Duke Snider.
In the first inning Piazza beta shuffled to the plate still remembering that the Rocket launched a missile that nearly decapitated him only two months ago. With two outs and the bases empty little Mikey watched two strikes, took a ball, then let the next pitch chainsaw his bat into toothpicks.
The handle turned to sawdust and the ball was fouled but Clemens caught what remained of the bat with his bare hand. Piazza, still shocked that his arms still had hands, and that he actually fouled the ball, jogged to first base as Roger flung the splintered bat head toward sideline.
In a classic beta move Piazza showboated anger only after he was sure that the ump stood between them. But the dust settled and Clemens finished him off with a nothing fastball that he tapped to second base. And with a kangaroo tail jammed between his legs Piazza took a seat and The Rocket Man threw 8 innings, allowed 2 hits, no runs, and struck out 9. The Yanks beat the Mets 6-5 and on that day the crowd understood an alpha vs beta matchup.