By David K. Li and Hasani Gittens,
Posted date: 10/3/2006

As the baseball playoffs get into full swing today, it's not just the average Joe brimming with hope of a Subway Series - New York's boldface names also line up along Met and Yankee baselines.

The Yankees host the Detroit Tigers tonight at the Stadium, while the Mets kick off their 2006 run to the World Series tomorrow afternoon against the L.A. Dodgers at Shea.

The Yankees have the reputation for bringing in the big guns, like politicians Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal.

Actors Robin Williams, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler have also been spotted rooting for the Bronx Bombers.

Sarah Jessica Parker is a legendary Yank fan, despite husband Matthew Broderick's predilection for the Mets.

Other celebrity Met fans include actors Viggo Mortenson, Michael Vartan, Tim Robbins, Glenn Close and Julia Stiles - as well as mob scion John "Junior" Gotti.

And proving a sense of humor helps those long-suffering Met fans. Comedians John Leguizamo, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Kevin James are all on the Amazins' bench.

Rapper Fat Joe, a Bronx-born Bombers fan, believes the Big Apple will blow up if the October Classic again shuttles between Shea Stadium and the House that Ruth Built, as it did in 2000.

"It'll be crazy," he said. "I been seeing these Mets fans are getting a lot bolder. I'm on the road, seeing their stickers and their shirts and them shouting, 'Yankees suck!' Yeah, they're getting real bold."

But he's used to the crosstown rivalry hitting close to home. "My father's a huge Met fan, so he hates the Yankees," the rapper told The Post after taking a break from mastering his new album, due out in November. "I know in the house how we used to argue. Since I was a baby, he's a die-hard Met fan."

The singer of "Lean Back," last year's ubiquitous hip-hop anthem, expects the Yanks would take a Subway Series in six games.

Joe, who's been to several Yankee World Series is just one of many celebrity fans who like to support their team vocally at the games.

"At the end of the day, the Yankees run New York," Fat Joe laughed. Meanwhile, no one's cracking a smile at the stratospheric prices charged by ticket resellers.

All the games at Yankee Stadium and Shea are sold out, but fans willing to sacrifice an arm and a leg can hobble in.

Cyberscalpers did brisk business yesterday on Web sites such as eBay and

"It's always good news when big markets have big games," said Razorgator CEO David Lord. "There's a lot of people who want to get in. Demand is a good thing."

Oddly, Mets tickets are scarcer than those for the Yanks on the site but, as of yesterday, were selling for less.

A halfway-decent seat in a field box by third base at Shea had a $120 asking price, while comparable views at the Stadium were seeking upward of $800.

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