How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways
Seeing the Marlins occupying the top spot in the N.L. East the last few weeks hasn’t really bothered me all that much so far this season. However, for one very brief day I saw the Phillies in first place last week and I was seeing red… Not Phillies red…. There was blood in my eyes…
I still haven’t gotten over them taking the division away from us last season, and while I can respect the other teams in our division, including the Braves, I absolutely detest the Phillies. Here are my Top 10 Reasons why…
Because they play in an absolute bandbox of a stadium that can make even Rey Ordonez look like the Sultan of Swat.
Because I’ve hated Pat Burrell ever since his rookie year when he began his relentless assault on Mets pitching and hasn’t stopped yet.
Because that fat, ugly, overstuffed Phillie Phanatic got into the Mascot Hall of Fame before Mr. Met did.
Because they are the biggest losers in sports history when they became the first team in any sport to lose their 10,000th game on June 15, 2007.
Because Ryan Howard beat David Wright in the 2006 All Star Homerun Derby and jinxed him for the rest of the season.
Because their fans cheered while Jose Reyes lied motionless on the field and booed when he was finally helped onto his feet.
Because they drafted Chase Utley with the 15th pick of the 2000 draft just ahead of the Mets who drafted Billy Traber with the 16th pick.
Because they absolutely broke Mets fans hearts when they fleeced us in the Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel trade.
Because Jimmy Rollins put his money where his mouth was last season and led his team to a division title while winning an MVP and a Gold Glove in the process.
Because once they tore down Veterans Stadium, baseball fans everywhere all considered Shea Stadium as the worst stadium in baseball. How can I ever forgive them for that?
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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