A-Rod hangs out to cheer on his friend Jeter
Alex Rodriguez was at Game 4 rooting for friends and scouting two of the teams likely to pursue him during the offseason.

Julio Macias, left, and his brother, Edison, who work for Bond Parade Floats in Clifton, N.J., prepare floats Wednesday. Owner Robert DeVito hopes his Yankees will make it four, but if the Mets win, he could always slap some orange on and change logos.
Rodriguez, a free agent All-Star shortstop for Seattle, was sitting behind the plate watching Derek Jeter and the Yankees beat the Mets.

"I was just in town. I just came in for a couple of meetings on some business," Rodriguez said after the game. "I'm a big fan. I was here supporting my buddy (Jeter)."

A-Rod also got a few impressions of New York baseball fans.

"I didn't get the New York-crazy vibe," he said. "I was a little disappointed with the atmosphere. It was real corporate. It seems like the real New York fans were outside. It was more of a Super Bowl atmosphere."

Rodriguez said it felt strange being a spectator.

"I haven't watched a game since maybe high school," Rodriguez said. "It was a different perspective for me."

Put the dogs back in
The Baha Men's huge hit single, "Who Let The Dogs Out," has become the New York Mets rally song as well as an arena and stadium staple across the country. But there's at least one person in the Mets organization who is far from a fan of the energetic song.

"I can't stand that let out the dogs song," Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday said. "I have three dogs of my own."

Despite Doubleday's dislike of the song, the Baha Men performed at Shea Stadium before Game 4's raucous crowd at Shea Stadium.

Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing
What began as a tavern argument over the World Series led to a vicious fight between two men -- one of whom was charged with attempted murder.

Michael Maffia, 23, of Wappingers Falls, is accused of stabbing Darryl Wassil, 23, of Putnam Valley, early Sunday in the parking lot of The Stadium Bar in Putnam County.

Police said they were arguing over Game 1 between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.

Wassil was taken to Westchester Medical Center for a chest puncture wound. He was in good condition Wednesday.

Maffia was charged with attempted murder in the second degree.

Carmel is 52 miles north of New York.

Trio used fake press passes to get fans into game
Two men and a teen charged $100 each and used fake press passes to smuggle baseball fans into Shea Stadium to see the World Series, authorities said.

The scam was uncovered when the three approached two undercover police officers and a pair of casually dressed baseball officials and offered them a chance to see Tuesday night's game, police said.

The three suspects approached fans without tickets for Game 3 of the Mets-Yankees series. Once they escorted the fans inside, the suspects would take the passes back, exit the stadium and work the scam again, police said.

They were arrested after they escorted the undercover officers and baseball officials into Shea, police said.

Police also seized a car in the Shea parking lot that held dozens of fake press passes for sporting events and concerts and $1,040 in cash.

Steven Nederios, 31, of Fall River, Mass., and Jesse C. Pepper, 17, and Joseph Reisinger, 37, both of Providence, R.I., were charged with possession of forged documents and trademark violations.

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