Grapefruit League is still five days away though you would think that it’s mid-July with the tough words coming out of Clearwater. After Jimmy Rollins threw down the gauntlet with his "We’re the team to beat" speech, Brett Myers latest comments drops a bomb on an already turbulent war of words with the Mets this spring.
In the Courier Post, Myers told reporters what every Phillies fan has been thinking since April of 1962:
"I hate the Mets," said Brett Myers, who made it clear it was more about the uniform than individual players. "I want to beat them more than anyone else. What we need to do is make sure none of their fans get in our building. We shouldn’t sell tickets to Mets fans."
Myers and Rollins have single-handedly made something happen that I never, ever thought possible: making the April 9th series against the Mets at Shea more important than Opening Day. Two-thirds of that series is already sold out, so you know how much it means to Mets fans already. Despite being the Mets Home Opener, it will give the Phillies their platform to come out and back up all the junk they’ve been talking. Conversely, Mets fans will just be waiting for the first opportunity to pounce on the first Phillies mistake. If you can someone get tickets for any of those games, do it. I’m even thinking about calling in sick for Childhood Psychology class and taking a trip up the turnpike.