Early in the game, Gary, Keith and Ron or GKR (The cool kids say GKR) discussed who they would root for between the Yankees and Phillies series this weekend. Gary without hesitation stated the Phillies, citing his and most Mets fans hatred towards the Yankees. He also added it’s still relatively early in the season to be scoreboard/standings watching. Though I understand his rationale behind this, I still made the face of a kid sucking on a sour patch.
Look, I hate the Yankees as much as the next guy, in fact I have an extra zip to my step whenever they lose and the Mets win, but there’s no way you can root for the Phillies in this match-up. Have we not learned anything from the last 2 yrs? Every game matters! The Mets missed out on the playoffs in 2007 and 2008 by losing on the last day of the season. They missed out because of ONE game! Now I wont be making plans for the 2010 season because Philly beat the Yanks tonight (7-3) but I most certainly want the Yankees to give the Phillies as many losses as possible.
As far as hatred goes, I’m split. I live in Flushing, obviously Mets Country, but also work in downtown Manhattan surrounded by obnoxious, douchebag Yankees fans. I hate them because of their sense of entitlement and the fact that they, for the most part, buy their championships. The Phillies on the other hand, I hate for obvious reasons. Hate is such a strong word so let me retract that. How bout loathe. Their inferiority complex towards the Mets and New York is undeniable (ex: Calling out the Mets after winning the World Series). Their fans are also the ugliest in the game. Literally and figuratively. There was a report last year that had Philly as having the “ugliest” inhabitants in the US. (Hey, I don’t make this stuff up.) There was also a 20/20 report on how lousy and downright low class the fans of Philadelphia teams were. Going to a Mets/Phillies game in April 2008 backed up that theory along with getting into a confrontation with a couple of Phillies fans in a bar.
Gary Cohen, I think you’re a great Mets broadcaster. You’re smart, witty and a real Mets fan, but wanting the Phillies to beat the Yankees? C’moooon, maaaaaan!