June 7, 2012 By Bill Parry
It’s going to be a busy sports weekend for the local pubs and you might be surprised to know which game is creating the most buzz.
The Mets and Yankees will duke in out in the Subway Series for the first time this season and “I’ll Have Another” chases the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes—something that hasn’t happened since “Affirmed” won in 1978.
You’ll be seeing a lot of soccer on the screens this weekend as Euro 2012 gets underway and the local favorite is the Republic of Ireland.
The Boys in Green will make their first appearance in the exclusive tournament since 1988 and Sunnyside taverns are looking forward to the business it will bring on Sunday afternoon when the Ireland/Croatia match goes head to head with the Subway Series.
The question for the local bartenders: Which game will draw the most attention?
Bernadette of Greenpoint Lounge (43-22 Greenpoint Ave.) said, “Ireland’s playing. They’ll have more viewers, definitely.”
“It’ll be the Ireland Game,” agreed Sinead of the Gaslight (43-17 Queens Blvd.).
Alan of Murphy’s Bar (48-20 Skillman Ave.) stated, “Ireland, for sure.”
Bar owners, meanwhile, were more diplomatic:
John Reilly of McGuiness’s (44-23 Queens Blvd.) said, “We’ll take care of the Mets and Yankees fans. We’ll put that game on one of the five screens but the sound will be on the [Ireland] match.”
Paul Flynn of Flynn’s Garden Inn (48-08 Skillman Ave.) has it all planned out. “The baseball fans will get their game on one of the four screens behind the bar. The Ireland fans will get the other three televisions plus the big HD screen in the media room. All my customers will be happy.”
But take heart Mets-Yankees fans. The national pastime still gets top billing in one neighborhood bar. “It’s more of a baseball crowd up here,” said the bartender at The Brogue, quickly adding, “Please don’t use my name.”