Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (right) is separated from Mets catcher Mike Piazza (31) after Clemens threw a broken bat toward Piazza during Game 2 of the World Series on Oct. 22, 2000 at Yankee Stadium.

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Subway Series' Most Memorable Moments

July 20, 2018 - 11:53 am
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By WFAN.com

The MLB All-Star break is wrapping up, and with that New York looks ahead to this season’s second installment of the Subway Series.

The Yankees and Mets are moving in opposite directions. The Bronx Bombers appear primed for a deep playoff run, while the Amazin's are gearing up for a potential fire sale at the trade deadline.

The Subway Series has an exciting history, highlighted by the teams meeting in the 2000 World Series.

Here's a look at some of the best moments from the Subway Series since its inception in 1997.

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Mlicki Wins First-Ever Subway Series Game (June 16, 1997)

In 1997, interleague play first began in baseball, giving birth to the crosstown rivalry that is the Subway Series. The Mets won the first installment of the rivalry, on the back of pitcher Dave Mlicki. Playing in the Bronx, the right-hander tossed a complete game in a 6-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Castillo Drops The Ball (June 12, 2009)

In 2009, the Yankees stole a game that the Mets had all but wrapped up, thanks to Luis Castillo. The Yankees trailed the Mets 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth when Yanks slugger Alex Rodriguez popped up with two outs and two runners on base to the shallow outfield. Closer Francisco Rodriguez pointed to the sky in premature celebration of the victory as Castillo, the Mets' second baseman, infamously dropped the ball. A-Rod ended up with a walk-off single on a pop-up, and the Yankees won the game 9-8.

The Mets' Luis Castillo (1) drops a ball hit by the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning on June 12, 2009, at Yankee Stadium.
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David Wright Walks Off (May 19, 2006)

In one of the most memorable Mets wins in the rivalry, a 23-year-old Wright capped off a comeback with a walk-off line drive off of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The Mets, who had trailed 4-0 after the top of the first inning, won the game 7-6 after their young phenom sent a line drive over the head of Johnny Damon in center field to wrap up the victory in Flushing.

Aaron Judge Sets Statcast Records (Aug. 16, 2017)

Just last season, Judge contributed to the Subway Series rivalry as he clobbered a remarkable home run at Citi Field. The Yankees' rookie slugger hit a towering shot to the third deck in left field that registered an exit velocity of 117 mph and a launch angle 35 degrees. Prior to Judge’s Subway Series blast, no player had ever hit a home run with an exit velocity that fast at an angle greater than 28 degrees.

Timo Perez Thrown Out at Home (Oct. 21, 2000)

In Game 1 of the 2000 World Series, Mets right fielder Timo Perez became the ultimate goat for the Mets. In the sixth inning of a scoreless game, with Perez on first base, the Mets' Todd Zeile hit a deep fly ball off of Andy Pettitte that went all the way to the wall. It appeared the Mets would take the lead, though Perez, who initially thought the hit was a home run, did not start running until he passed second base. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and back into play, and Perez was thrown out at home, following a tremendous relay throw from Derek Jeter. The Yankees went on to win Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 4-3 in 12 innings.

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Clemens Vs. Piazza Part 1 (July 8, 2000)

Clemens and Piazza created their own rivalry within the rivalry. The Yankees and Mets were in the second game of a two-stadium doubleheader. Clemens, the Yankees' pitcher, beaned Piazza in the helmet with a fastball. The Mets' All-Star catcher immediately fell to the ground, where he remained for several minutes before being helped off the field. Piazza then missed a week of play with a concussion.

Clemens Vs. Piazza Part 2 (Oct. 22, 2000)

In Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Clemens and Piazza clashed again in a bizarre ordeal. Piazza hit a foul ball that split the bat in half, sending the barrel end toward Clemens on the mound. Clemens proceeded to pick up the split bat and throw it in the direction Piazza, who was slowly trotting toward first base. Both benches cleared, though the teams stopped short of brawling.

Yankees Win Subway World Series (Oct. 26, 2000)

The Yankees defeated the Mets in the 2000 World Series in five games. The Bombers secured their third straight World Series title, and fourth in five years. Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter hit solo homers and Andy Pettitte allowed just two unearned runs over seven innings in the clinching 4-2 victory at Shea Stadium.