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At Baseball Daily Digest, I consider the important factors that go into the creation and duration of a rivalry.
If you remember the Bill Conlin incident from 2007, even he was emotional about the Phillies-Mets rivalry. Mistaking me for a Mets fan (because I felt David Wright was a better choice for the 2007 NL MVP award than Jimmy Rollins), Conlin wrote to me in an e-mail, “Your team choked big time, an epic gagaroo.”
Rich Hoffman of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote recently, “Everybody knows what happened, about how the Mets gagged away their chances as the Phillies caught fire at the end in both 2007 and 2008. Faced with the need to win, a desperate need, the Phillies responded and the Mets wilted.”