The world of professional sports is filled up with formidable teams who train hard with one purpose in mind; to win the next championship game and give their fans something to cheer about. Somewhere during their determination to be the best and dominate their regions rankings; an opponent comes along who is skilled on an equal level. An opponent who gives them a run for their money and winning against them no matter what becomes the only aim. The game doesn’t stay a game and turns into a war where the winner gets bragging rights. That is the birth point of a rivalry.
Several long standing rivalries can be found in the professional sports world. Some would say the Yankees – Red Sox rivalry is the biggest in the Major League Baseball, but there is another rivalry which is famous and chaotic on an equal level. The Philadelphia Phillies – New York Mets rivalry.
Phillies and Mets have been battling each other for over half a century now. For Phillies fans, games against powerhouse rivals Mets are nothing short of World War II which requires their support to be won. Diehard Phillies fans like me purchase Philadelphia Phillies Tickets days in advance from TicketVistasto ensure a presence at the Citizens Bank Ballpark to cheer our favorite team to victory against the Mets.
The two National League’s East Division rivals frequently play against each other during baseball season and games between these two popular teams are eagerly awaited. The first brawl between the Phillies and the Mets took place on August 27th1962, and since then the arch rivals have encountered each other on the diamond a staggering 858 times with the Phillies leading with 463 wins. Ironically both rivals share an equal number of winning streak against each other which is 10 wins each.
The Phillies – Mets rivalry has intensified in the recent years especially after the 2006 season. The teams frequently tear up the ballpark while playing against each other for a spot on the playoffs.The Mets won the division in 2006, while the Phillies won five consecutive division titles from 2007–11. The Phillies 2007 championship was won on the last day of the season as the Mets lost a seven-game lead with seventeen games remaining. The Phillies broke the Curse of Billy Penn to win the 2008 World Series, while the Mets’ last title came in the 1986 World Series.
I can’t wait for the Philadelphia Phillies 2013 Season to begin. I’m pretty sure the Titans will clash again and I’ll be standing with the Phillies through thick and thin.