N.Y. Fans Look Forward to Rematch

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N.Y. Fans Look Forward to Rematch


NEW YORK -- Wait till next year!

After the one-sided finish of the first Subway Series in 44 years, the war cry of vintage Brooklyn Dodgers fans applied yesterday to boosters of both the winning New York Yankees and the losing New York Mets.

We'll be back in the World Series, vowed devastated devotees of the Mets.

We'll be waiting, promised smug supporters of the Yankees.

"I think the Subway Series will be more frequent now, and the Mets will have their day," predicted Rohan Sulph, 23, a bus tour ticket agent from Queens. "We will win."

For the opposing point of view: salesman Yury Verduga, 27, of Fort Lee, N.J.

Verduga wore a Yankees jacket to his job as a computer salesman yesterday. He looked a bit haggard after attending the clinching game, and then celebrating afterward.

"Hey, it ended with the best team winning," he boasted. "It was a clean and clear win."

Even the hardiest Mets fan would find that hard to dispute. The Yankees needed just five games to dispatch their cross-city rivals, giving the pinstripers four titles in five years.

"I'm heartbroken," said Hank Sbrocco, 54, a Brooklyn retiree and Mets fan. "I think they had their opportunity in the first game, and . . . from that point on it was playing catch up."

Game 1 was a 4-3 loss in 12 innings; the Yankees went on to quickly wrap up the series. In many ways, it was reminiscent of the Subway Series of years long gone -- even if many of today's fans were unaware of the history.

Back when the city had three teams, the Yankees squared off with either the New York Giants or the Brooklyn Dodgers 13 times -- and the Bronx Bombers won 10.

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