A Mets-Yankees World Series Could Come Sooner Than We Think

A Mets-Yankees World Series Could Come Sooner Than We Think

We're only one year away.

With the Mets coming off a recent trip to the World Series in 2015, and the Yankees falling just one game shy of the Fall Classic this past season, both teams are in prime position to make a deep Postseason run in 2018. With both teams bursting at the seams with young talent, the Mets and Yankees are both poised to make waves this upcoming season, with a strong possibility that the two young powerhouses could meet in the World Series.

With both New York teams recently experiencing the most success they’ve had in recent memory, it finally seems like these crosstown rivals could be setting up for a meeting next fall. After years of stagnation and postseason teasers, both teams’ windows are wide open and the two teams finally look to have all of their pieces in place in order to make a serious run at a World Series title.

In the Bronx, the Yankees are led by a young core of promising stars such as All-Star Catcher Gary Sanchez, Cy Young Award Runner-Up Luis Severino, and of course, their Rookie of the Year, Aaron Judge. By coupling these young stars with veteran presences such as Shortstop Didi Gregorius, and New Jersey native Todd Frazier, the Yankees have created a culture in their clubhouse that allows the team to grow and succeed as a potential powerhouse for years to come. However, the Yankees long-term plan for success was enacted earlier than expected, as the team mustered enough pure grit and raw talent while on the way to a stellar run to a Game Seven matchup with the eventual World Champions, the Houston Astros. Any doubts that fans reserved regarding the future success of the Yankees have been revoked. Their elite combination of incredibly promising young talent, as well as experienced leadership across the entire field, sets the stage for an immediate, crystal clear stab at a World Series championship.

Meanwhile, in Queens, the Mets are an incredibly qualified diamond in the rough, disguised as an absolute mess. By hiring new manager, Mickey Callaway, the Mets have returned to putting an emphasis on pitching, by turning the focal point to young star pitchers including All-Stars Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard. In addition to their proven stars, the Mets have more powerful, young arms waiting in the wings as Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and plenty others look to make a claim in what will prove to be a pivotal bounce-back year for the Mets. On top of their deadly starting pitching core, the Mets’ bullpen is a force to be reckoned with as Jerry Blevins, A.J. Ramos, and Jeurys Familia have all proven to be lights out over the course of their respective careers.

However, the Mets’ pitching core is not their only strength, as a talented lineup featuring All-Star Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto will look to power the Mets to another World Series bid, just as they did in 2015. Along with veteran presence in the outfield, the Mets’ infield is made up primarily with ripe young talent. Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores have proven to be a deadly combination at the middle infield positions, while rookie First Baseman Dominic Smith will look to have a breakout 2018 season and serve as a power bat in the middle of the lineup.

Both the Mets and Yankees are lined to the brim with young talented players across their rosters, and General Managers Sandy Alderson and Brian Cashman have never been shy when it comes to opening their wallets in order to snag the best possible players on the Free Agent market. The stage is set for both the Mets and Yankees to succeed, and we just might see both these soon-to-be powerhouses in the World Series together as soon as next season.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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As A Cardinals Fan, I Let Albert Pujols Go A LONG Time Ago

They say time heals all wounds, but is that the case with St. Louis Cardinals fans and Albert Pujols?


It's hard to properly encapsulate what Albert Pujols meant to the city of St. Louis. He's without a doubt in my mind, statistically, one of the greatest Cardinals players of all time right up there with names like Bob Gibson, Ozzie Smith, and Stan Musial. His list of accolades in a Cardinals uniform is borderline unbelievable: Rookie of the year in 2001, 9x All-Star (8 consecutive from 2003-2010), 3x MVP, 6x Silver Slugger and 2x Gold Glove winner. Not to mention, he was an integral piece of two World Series victories in 2006 and 2011. The recipe was right there to continue his career as a Cardinal and retire an immortalized legend, but things somehow took a turn for the worst after the 2011 World Series.

Pujols was up for free agency in 2012, and even though the city was celebrating its 11th World Series title (second-most of all time) but the future of the team was in the back of everyone's mind. For context, Cardinals Manager and 3x World Series Champion Tony La Rusa announced his retirement in early November, just days after the victory parade.

Nearly a month later, Pujols announces that he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels for a record-breaking 10-year, $254 million contract. To say Cardinals fans were perplexed and shocked is an understatement. What could the Angels offer that St. Louis couldn't aside from more money and better weather, especially coming off of a World Series win? Regardless, the Cardinals never seized on the opportunity to sign Pujols to a contract extension, a mistake they didn't want to repeat with newly-acquired superstar Paul Goldschmidt.

I think what hurt most about Pujols leaving St. Louis as he was a Cardinals-bred player through and through. He was drafted in the 13th round out of the 1999 Amateur Draft by the Cardinals before making his MLB debut in 2001. That's been the Cardinal manifesto for nearly the entire Modern Era: draft or acquire young Minor League talent, develop them before implementing them into the Major League system. It felt downright hurtful that Pujols would opt for the bright lights of Los Angeles over a city that had every intention of supporting him

But with most things, time passed and Pujols eventually became a peripheral point for Cardinals fans like myself who would briefly re-enter their lives on the occasional article or ESPN highlight. So when it was revealed that the Angels will be playing the Cardinals in June at Busch for the first time since Pujols left, he was suddenly back on every Cardinals fan's radar again.

So Angels and Cardinals media outlets were abuzz, prompting this interview with Graham Bensinger during Spring Training and the way Pujols frames the negotiations were really peculiar to me. He said he didn't feel truly wanted by the franchise, but we'll never know the whole truth unless we were actually there. I do know one thing though, every Cardinals fan wanted Pujols to be a Cardinal for life and he would have gone down as one of the greats without a doubt in anyone's mind. He spent his best years in St. Louis though and helped bring us two World Series' and for that, I'll always be grateful.

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