Writer Richard Daub has been a Met fan since the age of seven when in July 1980 he attended a doubleheader at Shea Stadium that featured the lowly Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals. Between games, a charity softball game was played by the New York Playboy Bunnies and the Bayside Federal Savings Bank team. This day was the starting point of a two-decade journey that led Mr. Daub from one of the lowest points in the history of the franchise to the pinnacle of winning it all in 1986, and finally back to the World Series in 2000 to face the hated crosstown rival New York Yankees.
Game 1 of the 2000 World Series was scheduled to be played at Yankee Stadium, where Mr. Daub had never attended a baseball game. This was the dream scenario, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing his team play a World Series game in the most historic Stadium in the history of baseball. He spent $600 to sit 500 feet from home plate in the "Death Valley" section of the Yankee Stadium bleachers and recorded the entire experience of riding the subways from Penn Station in Manhattan to 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx.
Keeping a low profile to avoid the ridicule of Yankee fans, Mr. Daub captures every moment in vivid detail, including: Billy Joel's inebriated rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner"; an inflatable cow landing on Lou Gehrig's monument; a drunken heckler going too far in berating Met reliever John Franco in the bullpen; and a very large man falling onto his lap and pinning his legs to the Yankee Stadium bleachers. At the end of what turned out to be the longest time-wise game in the history of the World Series, the blown opportunities by the Mets to win that game turned the ultimate baseball dream into the worst loss Mr. Daub ever had to endure as a Met fan.
"Subway Series" is also included in Mr. Daub's collection The r-daub-a-blog Reader.