Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog built a digital I-95 from his site to mine by linking to yesterday’s post on Billy Wagner. Here's where the northbound lane starts.
Cerrone linked to a gas-fired post I’m not particularly proud of after Billy Wagner’s comments to the Inquirer. Usually, cooler heads prevail at Beerleaguer. However, zero championships in my cognizant lifetime will cause one to lash out from time to time.
I meant what I said, however, about winners and players who fight their battles on the field, not in the media as Wagner repeatedly does. Billy is all about Billy. Enjoy, Mets fans. He's yours for a while.
Linking to a post by Peter Gammons on the potential for a renewed rivalry between the Mets and Phils, Cerrone had this to say:
…in the 22 years i have been watching the mets, the phillies have never really felt like a big rival, despite playing in the same division the entire time…when you look back over the last two decades, the two teams have completed with one another more for last place, such as in the early and mid-to-late 90s, then they have for the division title, for as one was winning, the other was always losing…yet, because of the short distance between the two cities, i suppose, it has felt like a rivalry, even though i’m not sure it technically is……
…it would be nice to begin a little something here, in what could make for a pretty interesting battle along I-95.
It may not feel like a rivalry to Mets fans, but games played in Philadelphia definitely bring out a defensive, protective edge from the home crowd. Expect roughly 20-25 percent of fans to be supporting the Mets tonight, a bigger percentage considering their hot start.
The Mets tend to be the only team where Phillies fans will reserve jeering their own players and save it for the opposition. Half show of support, half show, unfortunately.
United we stand... at least for the next three.