so-cal dub Posted July 19, 2006 Share Posted July 19, 2006 The Mets may be No.1 in the standings, but the Yankees remain champs in the hearts of New Yorkers, a new poll has found. Almost half of those surveyed - 49% - say they are Yankees fans, with 42% considering themselves Mets fans, the Quinnipiac University poll found. And more New Yorkers would want the Yankees to win in a Subway Series between the two teams, 46% to 37%, the poll of 1,041 New York City voters found. "The Mets can win in the ninth inning day after day after day, but they can't win the Quinnipiac poll," said polling institute director Maurice Carroll. "It's still a Yankees town, has been for years. Maybe it's [Derek] Jeter, maybe it's [Joe] Torre, maybe it's the fact that they win year after year." Die-hard Mets fan Rebecca Burkett, 25, of Manhattan, concedes the Yankees are still the more popular team, but said that is changing and the Mets are by far the more exciting team. "The Mets fans have always been there, but there's only so much harassment you can take from Yankee fans," said Burkett, a teacher who has named her two cats after Mets players. "Now that the Mets are amazing, we're able to wear the Mets gear in mixed company. We've got young talent; they've got old talent." As of yesterday afternoon the Mets, with a 55-37 record, had a commanding 11-1/2-game lead in the National League East, while the Yankees (53-36) were a half game behind the Red Sox in the American League East. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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