As a practical matter, the Mets’ departure from WFAN should not be a huge deal. The team will appear on a major radio station in 2014 and beyond, and fans will adjust soon enough.
But the news the Yankees would be taking the Mets’ place on the dial hit fans hard emotionally, partly because of a crosstown rival moving into their team’s old house, and partly because of the Mets’ extraordinary run on the FAN.
WFAN has carried their games since the middle of 1987, the longest such run in the history of New York baseball.
But times change, as the old-timers among us who still forget the Mets’ broadcast television home now is Channel 11 and the Yankees are on Channel 9 know too well. (I still say that’s backward!)
For promotional purposes, the Mets would benefit from a move to ESPN New York, but its 98.7-FM signal would have to be supplemented with sister stations to extend its reach as far as that of WOR-AM or WABC-AM, and Knicks and Rangers games would lead to scheduling conflicts on occasion.