Barring something crazy happening, like Alex Rodriguez remembering that he is Alex Rodriguez and not Lou Gehrig, we are going to have ourselves a Phillies-Yankees World Series.
Seeing as the Mets have been out of the hunt for the Championship since, oh I don’t know, 2006…I have had plenty of time to think about which team I would like to see win it.
I typically root for underdogs. I think it is part of my Irish heritage. We are natural underdogs.
But the Phillies are the the reigning champions and the Yankees are the Yankees. There is no team to naturally cheer for.
I came into my Met fandom far too late for the Braves to be my mortal enemy. I loath the Marlins and everything about them. From the huge, empty stadium, to their business plan that has them groom top tier talent to win a championship, and then sell everyone off all while keeping their payroll under 20 million.
I hate the Phillies. I hate their fans. I hate their uniforms. I hate their mascot. I hate their slob of a manager.
I hate that the Mets are not more like them.
There, I said it.
The Phillies are everything that I wish the Mets were.
They have likable star players. How can anyone hate Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez or Chase Utley.
Notice I didn’t mention Frodo Victorino. I hate him still.
They have homegrown talent.
Their GM knows how to make impact trades (see Cliff Lee)
Their stadium is not a tribute to a team that resides 3000 miles away.
They have dominant starting pitching.
and perhaps most importantly, THEY PLAY TO WIN THE GAMES (thanks Herm)
They play freaking hard. They are cocky and arrogant and I love it. The Mets have never played like that as long as I have been watching.
I am jealous.
And I will be cheering for the Phills.