The past two seasons have seen the Mets and Phillies engage in a war of words. But the Phillies have gotten it done on the field, winning the division in both seasons. Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Beltran, Cole Hamels, John Maine, and Francisco Rodriguez have all gotten involved.
Chipper Jones finally landed the Atlanta Braves on the trash-talking map this week in an interview with The Sporting News. From the interview:
We won for 14 consecutive years, and you never, ever saw any bulletin board material. And now that these two teams are on top of the division, they can’t keep their mouths shut. Just go play baseball. It’s Cole Hamels now. It was Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Beltran the past couple of springs. These two teams are constantly going at each other verbally. You know, win with class, lose with class. Just keep your mouth shut and go play your game.
Jones also chides the Mets for using their financial resources to secure the two best closers available on the market. He chalks this up to “the rich get richer”. You have to take a few minutes to read the column. Jones also discusses how the Braves made the best trade offer to the Padres for Jake Peavy, but Peavy didn’t want to play for Atlanta.
I guess it’s about time that someone from the Braves popped off. But Jones’ comments seem contrived, like he’s trying to make the Braves relevant in the NL East. The Braves have had an incredibly quiet off-season and don’t appear to be poised to make a run at the division title in 2009.
I have to say that I like that the Mets are the talk of the NL East. Clearly, the Mets have gotten into the heads of the Phillies and Braves. Hopefully, that will translate into wins on the field.
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