Meet the Mets
The Phillies meet the Mets for the first time in 2009.
What happened since the last time they met Sept. 5-7, 2008?
- The Mets blew a 3 1/2 game lead with 17 games to play, a year after they became the first team in baseball history to blow a seven game lead with 17 games to play.
- The Phillies won the World Series.
Other than that, not much. But this weekend should be fun. I’m not going to say these two teams hate each other, but there is a healthy rivalry between the two. The Phillies don’t like some of the Mets’ antics during games (i.e. showboating, which mostly seems to involve Jose Reyes.) A day after Shane Victorino hit a grand slam off CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS, somebody from the Phillies took the photo of Victorino rounding the bases in USA Today (Victorino had his finger pointed in the air) and wrote “Reyes” over Victorino’s name on his jersey and replaced Victorino’s No. 8 with Reyes’ No. 7.
Baseball is funny like that. Guys can pimp home runs, but not too much. Guys can celebrate, but not too much. I asked somebody last year what the difference is between Reyes’ elaborate handshakes with teammates after he homers and J.C. Romero pounding his chest after he strikes out a batter to end an inning? He said the difference is that Romero’s actions aren’t premeditated, while the the other stuff (I recall Fernando Tatis doing a quick slide step across home plate after he homered last year at Shea) is.
Hey, if those things get under the Phillies’ skin and boost the rivalry, I’m sure fans are all about it.