Ever since the Phillies won the NL East divisional race two years ago, many Philadelphia players have succumbed to a glorious ego-trip of epic proportions.
It all started just prior to the 2007 season, as Jimmy Rollins declared the Phillies “The team to beat.” At the time this was a very brash statement, with the Mets as reigning divisional champions. As it turns out, Jimmy was right, with the Phillies going on to claim the NL East title in ’07 before being embarrassingly swept by the red-hot Rockies in the first round of the playoffs.
In 2008 the Phillies clearly were the team to beat, as any reigning division winner should be, and they proved so by going on to win the division outright. In a mid-October playoff game against the Brewers, Shane Victorino hit a home-run and trotted around the bases with his pointed towards the sky. Following the game, teammates posted a photo of Shane running the bases with the words “J. Reyes” above it. The growing Philly egos led to a World Series championship only a week or so later.Â On October 31st, 2008, while celebrating the Phillies’ 2008 World Series Championship Rollins was quoted as saying “We can talk about the New York Mets. They brought in that great pitcher, Johan Santana, but they forgot that it takes more than one player to bring home a championship.” Philadelphia cockiness reached its pinnacle in early December ’08 when Cole Hamels labelled the Mets “choke artists” during an interview on WFAN.
In last night’s back-and-forth duel between the NL East leading Phillies and the Wild Card leading Mets, another Philadelphia finger made an ego-filled appearance. After touching home plate following a go-ahead two-run homer, Jimmy Rollins shushed the masses of booing Mets fans. It turns out the home run was all for naught, as the Mets regained the lead soon after, and went on to win the ballgame. Francisco Rodriguez celebrated in his usual style with clapping and fist pumps following a tense save effort in the 9th inning, which led to a scowl from on-deck batter Shane Victorino.
I’m really not sure what goes through Philadelphia players’ heads during these moments; perhaps nothing at all. I’ve never heard a Mets player comment on Philly celebrations, but anytime a Met shows emotion on the field the Phillies are up-in-arms.
What do TRDMB readers think – should Victorino or Rollins get beaned by Pelfrey in tonight’s effort? Would an act of retaliation serve any servicable purpose?