The New York Yankees come to Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie this afternoon for the first of two spring training games against the Mets. The second game is to be played at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
The Yankees have not played at the Mets’ spring training home since the spring of 1995. The teams last met for a spring game in Tampa on March 30, 1996 (the Mets won 5-2).
Today’s game starts at 2:00 PM, while tomorrow’s Grapefruit League finale gets started 12:00 PM.
Here are a couple of excerpts from two pretty good articles on the history of the Mets and Yankees rivalry and what those games meant to former team owner George Steinbrenner.
The results of the games have long since been forgotten, but the men who played in them still remember what they meant to George Steinbrenner.
To the late Yankees owner, spring training games against the Mets weren’t mere exhibitions. They were a proving ground, as Steinbrenner would remind players before the games—much to their a...