Things didn't exactly improve a whole lot for us Phillies fans over the weekend. Sure, the Phillies finally got that first notch in the win column, but they failed to capitalize on RISP opportunities on Saturday and Sunday and flew north with that one lonely notch waiting for some company. One win in the first week of the season certainly wasn't what we were looking for.
The Rivalry Begins. It's unfortunate for the Phillies that after one week, they're already looking up in the standings with the Braves being 4 games up on them. That team from New York is looking down at us. Jayson Stark sets the table for today and the future.
That moment every member of the Queens Division of the Jimmy Rollins Fan Club has waited for since January finally arrives Monday.
Phillies-Mets at Shea. Where it's always a Phillies lovefest, but especially this year.
Yeah, this year could be extra special -- because you might
actually get to witness a phenomenon that was probably bound to bust
out sometime or another in Mets history, if you were just willing to
wait about 45 leisurely years:
A real, live rivalry with that team down the turnpike.
Let's hope. One of my best friends in college was a Mets fan and at the time I didn't even realize I was supposed to hate the Mets. I even rooted for them against the Yankees in the Subway series. In the years since that time, I've learned better.
It has all the necessary ingredients of a great rivalry. Young stars who will play each other for years, close locales, passionate fans, and basically two sports cities who have no love for each other. The Mets are the reigning NL East champs, the Fightins are the ones who need to step up and turn this thing into a rivalry. You can't have one of those if you break your neck from looking up so damn much.
It all starts today in the beautiful ball park up there in Flushing. Our man Cole Hamels goes up against John Maine. First pitch at 1:10. And so it begins.
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