Well, October is here and so, once again, are the Major League Baseball playoffs, and soon the World Series. Recently, New York City has become pretty familiar with that routine-after all, the Yankees have won two out of the last three World Series and seem to be a perennial fixture in the post-season.
But this year's post-season is twice as interesting and twice as engaging for New Yorkers, because after a fantastic, dramatic end-of-the-season finish, the Mets are in the playoffs in the National League and have now moved on to the National League Championship Series and the Yankees are in the playoffs in the American League, and they've moved on to the American League Championship Series.
It's the first time in history that the Yankees and the Mets have ever been in the playoffs together, and you can feel the energy and excitement all over the city. Just look at all the people wearing baseball caps on the subway. The city is captivated by the prospect of a Bronx-Queens Subway Series.
The anticipation is understandable. If the Yankees and Mets both make it to the World Series, it would be the first Subway Series in 43 years, when the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers and Don Larsen pitched his historic perfect game. That was way back in 1956.
Of course, the road to the World Series won't be easy. For the Mets, they must get past a great Atlanta Braves team, and the Yankees have to beat their perennial rivals, the Boston Red Sox. But, we're tremendously excited because the prospect of a Yankee-Met World Series is absolutely great for the City of New York and we'd be guaranteed a victory parade. After all, New York City is the best baseball city in the country. Overall, our major league baseball teams have won 33 championships between them-far more than any other city in the country.
You all know I'm a life-long Yankee fan, and a life-long baseball fan. And now all this week I'll be rooting for the Yankees in the American League; I'll be rooting for the Mets in the National League, and then of course I'll be rooting for the Yankees in the World Series.
But now let me sign off saying, this is Rudy Giuliani. Go Mets! Go Yankees! Go New York!
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