The same city that has booed Santa Claus, pelted snow balls at opposing players and officials, and even hit a certain amateur sports writer in the back with a beer bottle now has its baseball players gearing up for some brawlin' against those M-E-T-S Mets of New York town.
This is what Jayson Stark apparently had to say on Sirius Satellite Radio this morning as reported by phillymag.com.
If this were hockey and there was a proposed Flyers-Rangers brawl, well...
"Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?" (Family Guy)
Surely, the Broadway Blues would have Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr rolling up their sleeves and asserting their dominance along the boards.
However, this is baseball, a sport where hitting is done with a bat on a ball, as opposed to a sport that involves crushing checks while moving at lightning speed on the ice. The Mets and Phillies have not even played a game yet, and already the Phillies can not seem to handle the fact that one of the Mets' best position players, Carlos Beltran, actually has confidence in his team and thinks his team can win the division.
They can not seem to handle the fact that Mets owner Fred Wilpon would like to have some confidence in a team that he is spending $140 million to put on the field.
Thankfully, Newsday writer David Lennon reported on the Michael Kay show (heard in New York on ESPN 1050 AM and on XM 141, ESPN Extra) that the Mets are not interested in any kind of fisticuffs, and are more focused on tightening up their attitudes and playing some quality baseball.
Jose Reyes has promised to tone things down a bit with his handshakes, dancing, and the like according to Lennon's Newsday article.
One would expect that manager Willie Randolph will be tougher on his clubhouse protocol.
Reliever Duaner Sanchez has made it a priority this spring to show up on time and in shape.
Everybody but veteran outfielder Moises Alou was in camp early, and MLB.com's Anthony DiComo and Marty Noble report that Alou is ready for this season and feels "rejuvenated."
So, while the Mets are attempting to be a high-quality, classy organization focused on playing winning baseball, the Phillies are more focused on their opportunities to brawl this year.
For goodness sake, one would hope that Phillies pitcher Brett Myers does not mistake his wife for John Maine.
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