The Phillies and Mets will collide this week; not as two roaring titans of the NL East on an inevitable path toward each other dictated by fate itself, but as bumbling fools, each with a bucket on their head, each hoping the other can get it off for them. There's been plenty said about the Phillies and Mets as a pair over the last decade, from the fact that their fans share much of the same of insecurities and habits, to the idea that they've so rarely been good at the same time that their match-ups don't even constitute a rivalry. In any case, it is a shame that the Phillies and Mets have so rarely been competitive at the same time, because when both teams have been good, it gets the toxic gases flowing in a lot of emotional sewers. August 28, 2006 wasn't a particularly close Phillies-Mets game, but it would have been a lot closer without that one inning of tragic nonsense.
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