Mets – Phillies Rivalry History

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets at Citi Field in New York

Growing up in the 1990’s it’s amazing to think that the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the New York Mets would take shape into a rivalry. Remember the days when the Phillies had some no name manager named Terry Francona?

They were an afterthought to Mets fans. They had very little fan support in a hideous stadium and their big name players, Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling, loved the city so much that they left town.

From 1994-2000 the Phillies didn’t have a winning season. I remember looking at them on the calendar as any other game, almost comparing them to the Montreal Expos, dare I say. It was the Atlanta Braves that we all worried about.

Even throughout Mets history, the Phillies and Mets never really had a rivalry even though the teams’ ballparks were only 91 miles apart.

Now we finally have a rivalry.

It’s amazing to go to a Mets/Phillies game and hear all the fans heckle each other and think about ten years ago and know there was nothing.

That got me thinking, how did we get to a rivalry? It’s very simple. For the first time both teams actually had winning records in the same seasons. In previous years when the Mets were winning the Phillies were losing and vice versa. Now Mets fans hate Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Rollins talking smack at the championship celebration ticked Mets fans off. And remember when Victorino ran into Jose Reyes on the bases a few years back?

Remember when Pat Burrell used to hit everything in sight at Shea Stadium? It was a nightmare!

Remember Cole Hamels calling the Mets choke artists? How mad were we all?

Remember that 2005 home run Ramon Castro hit to bring the Mets closer to the wild card?

Remember that 2008 game when Jerry Manuel pulled Johan Santana and our relievers couldn’t get an out.

Remember that 16 inning game when Carlos Beltran homered off Ryan Madson? How good did that feel?

Or Carlos Delgado’s double off J.C. Romero to put the Mets a game ahead of the Phillies in 2008.

And how can we all forget the seven straight losses against the Phillies in 2007, which made the collapse happen?

And to think, these games used to have no significance at all.

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8 thoughts on “Mets – Phillies Rivalry History

  1. AFakeFan

    How do you call Mets-Phillies a rivalry? Mets have been one of the worst teams in the NL for the past two seasons. Phillies are the defending NL champs for the past two seasons. You as a Mets fan might think its a rivalry, but to the Phillies the Mets are just another team on the schedule.

    1. Clayton Caldwell Post author

      lol! So these are any other games to you and this sweep did not make you lose just a little bit of sleep last night! lol! Thanks for the read and the comment!!!!

  2. TheDude

    Of course, older fans of the Phils will remember that from the late 70s to around the mid 80s the Mets were the joke team you feasted on as an afterthought while winning the division a bunch of times.

    1. Clayton Caldwell Post author

      Good point! Should have added that but I only want to make the article so long. The Joe Torre days were dreadful! Thanks for the comment and the read!

  3. HerroDer

    One fix: "use to have no significance" is missing a 'd'. Otherwise, fantastic read–I was a Mets fan living in Philly at the time that this blossomed and missed out on a good chunk of a night of partying watching that 16 inning game with a good friend of mine who was a Phillies fan. Felt good, man. After that, not so much.

    1. Clayton Caldwell Post author

      haha! Thanks for the read and the comment! I will fix the d. That game was classic. There's something about Madson that made it more special! He use to dominate us and he pitched like 8 innings and then Beltran homered! That was one of the best regular season Met games I can remember!

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Metropolitan

    2009 World Series. Worst moment for Modern Mets fans – you can't root for the Yankees even though they're New York, and you can't root for the Phillies even though they they're in the National League. Some fans did one or the other, and a lot of fans, including me, just sat there in agony. It was worse if you were a Mets fan from New Jersey, which I was. It was worse if you were from New Jersey, because everyone assumed you'd go with one team or the other. When they started called it the Turnpike Series, or the I-95 Series, or the Liberty Series, it was marketing. "There they go, two teams separated only by New Jersey." Mets fans were left out of that hype. We were the forgotten demographic.

    And maybe that's why the Mets-Phillies games are a rivalry to me. My mother's side is from Brooklyn and Queens – I'm a New Yorker too – and especially when you're a New Yorker who also happens to be from Jersey, the team you always want to beat, apart from the Yankees, are the Phillies. Hands down. At least that's the way this Mets fan perceives it.

    1. Clayton Caldwell Post author

      My identical twin brother is a Yankee fan! So that made it ten times worse for me! My dad's side of the family is from Philly. I had to hear it from both sides! Needless to say! I just wanted that series to end!

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