Mets Are a Punch Line?

In case you need more reason to hate Philadelphia, go ahead and read John Gonzalez’s column titled “Mets Are a National Punch Line“.

You may remember that John Gonzalez was the “professional” journalist who ignited the Raul Ibanez controversy back in June 2009.

It’s a shame that Philadelphia sports are so boring that their journalists have to focus on the Mets. With so many talented players and so much success you’d think a story about the Phillies would sell more newspapers.


Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Mike April 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    “If anything, curb- stomping them while they’re down is just as enjoyable – if not more so.”

    You stay classy Philadelphia.

  2. Andy April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    It’s kind of ridiculous. Charlie Manuel said the Mets have a good team this year and shouldn’t be underestimated. Not sure why the Philly sports press isn’t following his lead and showing a little respect . . .
  3. mrtasan April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    yeah phillies are obsessed with the mets…are they gay?
  4. xDanTanna April 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    We just have to take these kind of stories w/ a grain of salt. The best cure is some W’s & it will quiet down some. But, until the Wilpon ownership status is resolved. They most likely will never fully be put to rest.
  5. Rob April 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm
    Joe: I’m speechless. If there were justice in the world, some calamity would place all 25 roster members on the DL at the same time. But that wouldn’t be nice…nor would I wish that on anyone. Face it, Philly is simply classless. What goes around eventually comes around. Philly will be an old ballclub with declining and expensive stars in a few years. Then we’ll see who gives who mercy. Till then, we can take the high road and simply ignore them…and hope like hell that they get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
  6. Midwestern Met April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    New York > Philadelphia in every aspect.
  7. Midwestern Met April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    New York > Philadelphia in every aspect. I’m from the Midwest and even I know that.
  8. NormE April 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    The reason Philadelphia fans are so angry/classless/obsessed is because they have to face that fact that they live in Philadelphia. As WC Fields once said that after he died he wanted this wording on his tombstone: “on the whole I’d rather be in Philadelphia”
  9. James from Philly April 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm
    To call Philly classless when it was a bunch of New Yorkers spitting on Cliff Lee’s wife that kept him from wearing pin stripes is a bit hypocritical (yes, I know it was Yankees fans doing it, and yes I know as a Phillies fan I shouldn’t be reading a Mets blog, but Joe’s game recaps are solid and timely). Bottom line is some fans are asses and some aren’t.

    Even for the ones that are asses, it’s not so much an obsession with New York but more a coincidence that each of our teams has a divisional rival up there. We could typically care less about the Jets and Yankees.

    • Mike April 8, 2011 at 11:54 am
      Everyone I know from Phily hates the Yankees. Even prior to losing to them in the WS. Phily, as a whole, despises NY, has an inferiority complex, and really just won’t let it go. Even after getting “the last laugh” by winning the WS, they still had to take a shot at NY. And, all things considered, got payback for it when the Phils lost to the Yankees in the WS. So, in that regard, justice was served.

      Most Mets fans can’t stand the Yankees, and with good cause, but on rare occasions we prefer them to win. That was one case where I had to root for the Yankees. Mostly I’ll just say that living outside NY has endeared me to the Yankees on rare occasions because NY glory is greater than the alternative, and that is how I view it. So while I could not care less about what the Eagles are doing, because I am a Jets fan, I still would prefer the Giants to beat them because Phily just does not deserve my support in any way.

      • James from Philly April 10, 2011 at 12:04 am
        I seriously don’t know what kinda of Philly fans you’re around that have that much hate for the Yanks, nor what Philly people hate NY like that. I think baseball fans across the country generally root against the Yankees because they’re the highest paid team and everybody loves the underdog, but that’s about where it stops. Even you said most Mets fans can’t stand the Yanks, so is there also some Queens vs Bronx thing I don’t know about?

        As for the city, NY is cool with me and the 1000s of other Philadelphians who go up there regularly to party. Like most east coast cities, it reminds me of home – just slightly different (I’ll never get over you guys calling hoagies “heroes” and “subs”). It’s not a place I’d want to live, but I love visiting.

  10. Jay from Cuse April 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    I know I’m way late on this topic, but I had no time to catch up on my Met’s blogs till today. Yes I hate the Phillies, much like I hate the Eagles and the Flyers (Giants, Rangers fan here), but I have so much more angst for the Braves.

    Years of childhood torment from those Braves teams and Larry Jones who just killed us doesn’t go away because the Phils have had our number for the last 4 or so years. In addition the Phils are class of franchise all to their own, no franchise in any sport has lost more games than Phillies. I believe it was like 3 years ago that the team hit a milestone 10,000th loss. 2 titles 10,000+ losses? Wow, and Philly reporters want to take pot shots at the Mets? The losingest franchise in pro-sports should take a cold hard look in the mirror before it cranks up the hypocrisy meter.