What Phillies Rivalry?

Some Mets fan friends and I have been talking about this all week:
what is this made up rivalry we have with the Phillies?

Nobody said two words about this team until 3 seasons ago. It's not
like Jimmy Rollins rolled into town and swept a 4 game series to end
the season. Willie and the boys couldn't beat the Marlins and
Nationals and somewhere off in America the Phillies played baseball.

Remember your hatred of the 80 Phils? 83? 93? Of course not.

I could see hating whoever fleeced us for Dykstra and McDowell but
that's like hating the Rays.

2008 was the same thing, just with smaller numbers. How about winning
sone games those last few weeks?

2009? Our biggest rival was the training staff.

I thought it was the Braves we hated. Nobody talks about the Braves
these days.

Maybe it is the Pirates. Didn't we hate them for a while? Anybody
still hate Jim Leyland?

The Cardinals? Yeah they gave us reason to hate them. They messed
up 1985 by beating us head to head and I still think September 11th
1987 might be the moat crushing loss in Mets history. That team
battled through injuries all year and the Mets had clawed back to one
game back with Dwight Gooden starting the next day. Then Terry
Pendleton hit a shocking home run to win the Friday game and Doc stunk
on Saturday. Damn you Cardinals!

Didn't we hate the Cubs? Something about a black cat? That was
before my time but I do remember Cubs-busters in 1984 when the Mets
decided to stop stinking but unfortunately so did the stinky Cubs.

Didn't we want to fistfight the Reds and that jerk Pete Rose and that
other jerk Eric Davis years later?

There is no Philies rivalry. They just happen to be the most recent
first place team. They are not our Red Sox. I even almost starting
rooting for them when I saw Jay-Z last night but the. I saw Pedro and
switched back. Nice job by the way Pedro. I would've gotten you
out after 4.

As I look back on the list of rivals I picture enemies Vince Coleman,
Bonby Bonilla and Tom Glavine all winding up in New York and
disliked. Years from now someone like Chase Utley will come to The
Mets and stink up the joint. It's what always happens, isn't it?

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