One of the biggest baseball stories over the weekend wasn't the latest dominant performance from Washington Nationals rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg or Manny Ramirez's return to Fenway Park for the first time since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago. Rather, it was the strange headlines grabbed by Lady Gaga, who attended the New York City "Subway Series" on Friday night (June 18). Following the game (while wearing little more than underwear and a Yankees jersey), Gaga made her way into the Yankees clubhouse to drink some whiskey and visit with a handful of the players. She was asked to leave, which lead many to believe that she had been banned from the place. But Yankees general manager Brian Cashman clarified the team's official stance on Sunday (June 20). "She's not banned," he said. "Celebrities aren't banned. If Michael Jordan showed up here he would have access (to the clubhouse), but not after a loss."
With that clarified, and with the knowledge that she was photographed at the Mets' stadium just a few weeks ago, it begs the question: Is Gaga a Yankees fan or a Mets fan? As a New Yorker, she should know that one cannot go through life being a fan of both, and eventually she'll have to make a call. Luckily, we can help her based on some key criteria.
Since Gaga is so fashion conscious, uniforms are probably important to her. The Yankees present a classic look with the pinstripes and the stark, simple color scheme. The Mets are a little more playful with their colors (blue, orange and black, which tend not to blend very well) but their logo is slightly less iconic and direct.
Mr. Met is a baseball legend who is constantly smiling (even when the Mets are tanking) and is recognized worldwide. The Yankees don't have a mascot, though they did experiment with an unholy creature named Dandy, who was (mercifully) killed off after only three seasons.
This one is a little more esoteric. Basically, Gaga clearly wants to push boundaries and keep people guessing. So while the Yankees are predictably great all the time, you never know what you're going to get with the Mets.
The Yankees currently have two of the most famous active players right now in Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, so they've got star power. And while David Wright does a pretty good job being the face of the Mets, he can't match the power of the boys in the Bronx.
Obviously, you would think the Yanks would run away with this one, as they've got 27 World Series wins under their belt and a legacy of some of the best players in the history of the game (including Mantle, Ruth, Maris, DiMaggio and Gehrig). However, the Mets' history, while shorter, is way more interesting. Their only two World Series wins were epic (they came from last place in 1969 and had an epic tilt with the Red Sox — including the famous Bill Buckner incident — in 1986), their cast of characters are less talented but more colorful (Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Mike Piazza, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Ed Kranepool, Tug McGraw and countless others) and they simultaneously operate as front-runners and underdogs (they have one of the biggest payrolls in baseball and yet are still something of a sad sack franchise because of their crosstown rivals and a handful of epic collapses. The Yankees have history, but the Mets have character.
So there you have it, Lady Gaga. We'll see you at Citi Field, and Shake Shack is on us!