Is this really what it's come to, Giants and Phillies?
Ramon Ramirez plunking Shane Victorino, Victorino doing the whole “hold me back, hold me back!” thing (while no one holds him back) and both benches clearing for yet another East Coast/West Coast pseudo-brawl?
I thought these were two of the best teams in the National League. I thought the Phillies had been one of the game’s best for five-plus years now, and the Giants were the defending champions.
How about acting like you’ve been there before, guys?
But besides the bush-league-ishness of the whole plunking scenario, the bigger question that has risen out of the most recent Giants-Phillies series is simple:
How did these teams come to hate each other so much?
It’s not like Philadelphia and San Francisco have any sort of natural rivalry. Geographically, they are about as far away from one another as rivals can get. They don’t share a division, a history of common players or even a coast of the United States.
Yet they hate each other.
The fans, the teams, even the managers on both sides seem to despise the others with a fervor that is usually reserved for the Dodgers and the Mets, and the mutual distaste seems to be growing with every passing game.
What follows are some (admittedly biased) reasons why the Giants/Phillies rivalry has escalated to such heights in such a short period of time.