The Mets-Phillies rivalry is the new Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, except with poorer fans. After the Mets' epic September collapse and the Phillies' fizzled playoff run against the Rockies in 2007, both teams have a hard-on for shedding past failures and strutting about like cock-of-the-2008-walk. Way too much hullabaloo has been made since the start of spring training what with Carlos Beltran and Jimmy Rollins going back and forth about which team will reign supreme this season. Well, National League East fans, Chipper Jones feels left out:
"I really don't care what's being said," he said. "The Phillies and the Mets know we'll be competitive. They know we'll be heard from."
That's it? Chipper? You'll be 'competitive' and 'heard from'? Have you actually read the promises Messrs. Beltran and Rollins have made so far? Let me rank the statements in order, from most cocksure to least:
- Carlos Beltran: "We are the team to beat."
- Jimmy Rollins: "There isn't a team in this division or the National League that's better than us"
- Henry Rollins: "We're gonna rise above"
- Sonny Rollins: "When I have a particularly good performance, I know it."
- Chipper Jones: "We'll be heard from"
Even the Mark Teixeira fanboys have more bravado than Chipper Jones. Even the miserably hot Snorg Tees girl has bigger grapes than Chipper Jones. Even Bobby Cox' Nubian harem has more confidence than Chipper Jones (and so they should...rawr!)
Chipper, since you are an experienced blog commenter, please give us a few stronger words on this matter.