NEW YORK — For New Yorkers who happen to be fans of the Mets, Jets and Rangers, a wild and rare Sunday awaits.
All three teams are playing at home on the same day for just the second time, according to STATS. The Mets host Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs, the Jets host the Redskins in the NFL, and the Rangers entertain the Devils in the NHL.
The only other instance of all three being home on the same day was 16 years ago, Oct. 17, 1999. The Jets were beaten by Peyton Manning and the Colts 16-13, the Rangers topped the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1, and the Mets needed 15 innings to beat the Braves 4-3 in Game 5 of the NLCS.
BRRR: There was a chill in the air at Citi Field for the NLCS opener against the Cubs on Saturday night. The game-time temperature was 48, with the wind blowing in from leftfield at 15 mph. Some players wore hoodies and ski caps for the introductions, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has a cold, wore gloves.
MEMORIES: When Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein arrived at Citi Field on Friday for the team's workout, he thought back to when he was 12 years old and the Red Sox were at Shea Stadium for Game 6 and came within a strike of winning the World Series. "My twin brother and I were watching that game together. We decided we didn't want to be connected to the earth when the last out went into the glove, so we stood on top of our parents' house with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning," he said Saturday. "We were going to jump off when that last out went into the glove. We were on that roof for about 25 minutes. Ended up like pathetically tumbling to the ground. Just sat there for half an hour." That was the night Mookie Wilson's grounder rolled through 1B Bill Buckner's legs, capping a three-run 10th inning for the Mets and a 6-5 win in Game 6. Sunday's game was rained out, and Epstein went to school Monday. New York overcame a three-run, sixth-inning deficit in Game 7 to win 8-5.
METS STARTER FOR GAME 2: Rookie Noah Syndergaard will start Game 2 for the Mets tonight. He threw 17 pitches in the seventh inning Thursday against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS, the first relief appearance of his big-league career. Manager Terry Collins waited until Saturday to announce his decision, wanting to make sure Syndergaard was not sore.
HEY, TOM: Superfan and Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson, dressed in a Royals jacket, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Kansas City hosted Toronto in Game 2 of the ALCS.