For the first time in 5 years, the Mets find themselves in the position of spoiler entering September. As of today, the Phillies lead the division, followed by the Marlins(5.5).Â The Marlins are virtually in the fight for the division championship still but they also find themselves in the hunt for the NL wild card. In a season where we have nothing to look forward to competition wise, we have an opportunity to exact some revenge against some of the teams that have held us to only a division championship the last 5 years. In case you need a reminder….
“He(Church) put a good swing on the ball and for a moment you thought he’d gotten it, but he hadn’t. The ball ended up in the center fielder’s glove and it wasn’t just one season ending out there, it was all of them. No roller from Mookie down the line. No game today. The miracles always came easier at Shea when the Mets were good enough. These Mets aren’t.” – Mike Lupica
The Mets 2007 and 2008 seasons were both ended on the last day of September by the same team…the Florida Marlins. The beneficiaries(as i see it) of both were the Philadelphia Phillies who due to the hands of the Marlins went to the playoffs both years, the latter resulting in a World Series championship. Heres the setup for the Mets September schedule. They have 9 games against the Marlins, 7 games against the Phillies and 6 games against the Braves. The Mets have the potential to impact the NL east division winner in a big way. My question for the TRDMB readers is who would you like to see us exact revenge on?
The Phills and their obnoxious fans have been obsessed with the Mets since the NL whooping the Mets laid down in 2006. They claimed to be the “Team to beat” in 2007, yet the Mets spent 140 games in 1st place that year compared to 4 days the Phillies spent. They got 1st place when it mattered though in 2007…on the last day of the season but not by their own doing. They became the NL east champions thanks to the Marlins. In 2008 the Mets had an 11-7 record against the Phillies and just came up short with all the injuries they sustained to make the playoffs. Lets look at some of my favorite quotes from the Phillies:
Phillies GM Pat Gillick: “If you want to know the best thing we had going for us this year,” said Gillick, “it was the fact that all the other teams in our division hated the Mets’ guts. It started with Atlanta and all the hostility they had with the Mets through the years. Then Fredi Gonzalez left Bobby Cox to manage the Marlins and he didn’t forget everything that went on between the Braves and Mets. Look what Florida did for us the past two years (beating the Mets two out of the three in each of the last series of the season to prevent them from making the postseason)! “Washington doesn’t like them very much either, and all those teams seemed to really get up for the Mets.”
Jimmy Rollins:”We don’t talk about celebrations, we just notice them,” Rollins said before last night’s game. “Nobody in particular. The whole team, you know.” When asked if the Mets do more “celebrating” than other teams, he replied, “Watch the game.”