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The secret to the NY Mets' success has been Jerry Springer, who is also a traitor

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By JOHN DORN

The New York Mets have been on a tear over the last month, surging from the doldrums all the way to first place in the National League East.

Most would attribute their recent run to the infusion of offense, led by deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes. But Monday, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson filled us in on a little secret.

Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!

Granderson tweeted a photo of colorful television host Jerry Springer in the team's locker room prior to Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Springer, throwing up a peace sign, apparently joined the Mets on Sunday.

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But this is a more interesting scenario than it appears on the surface, considering comments Springer made to ESPN.com in 2011. In the interview, he told the site, "I live and die with the Yankees. That's my greatest passion."

Springer says, as a boy growing up in Queens, he wore a Yogi Berra Yankees jersey to school so that he wouldn't be made fun of. He's also donned an Atlanta Braves jersey while singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

But with the Mets sitting prettily in first place, and the Yankees currently the AL East's runners-up, the blue and orange club is suddenly the trendy pick in New York. Even for a devout, lifelong Bombers fan.

Okay, maybe he just threw on the cap to be polite. Either way, the Mets are attracting attention in September, and even the biggest Mets fans will tell you... It's a little strange.

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