The new cry for Braves fans: Let’s go, Mets!

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes, (52), greets New York Mets Lucas Duda at the plate after scoring on Duda's third-inning, two-run, home run during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in New York, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

“Meet the Mets. Meet the Mets. Step right up and greet the Mets.” (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

There was a time when no Atlanta Braves fan would ever root for the Mets. (Even the Amazin’ crew of 1969 swept the Bravos in the NLDS, which made that bunch less lovable to those around here.) When we think of the Mets, we think of the swaggering Daryl Strawberry and the pestiferous Lenny Dykstra and, worst of all, the preening Bobby Valentine. But now we Atlantans look at the National League East race and say …

Let’s go, Mets!

An amazin’ thing — pardon the expression — has happened. The Washington Nationals have, in our civic consciousness, out-Metted the Mets. Nobody around here likes the Nats. Heck, nobody in baseball likes the Nats, except presumably Nat fans, and even Nat fans aren’t crazy about Matt Williams, who manages the team.

Think about it. Bryce Harper: Really good player but kind of arrogant. Stephen Strasburg: Really talented player who has turned into a ragingly ordinary pitcher and is still kind of arrogant. Mike Rizzo: Can-do general manager who’s kind of arrogant. Scott Boras: Arrogant agent who represents so many Nats — Harper and Strasburg among them — that many in baseball consider this Boras’ team. (Boras has hinted he does, too.)

And it’s not just the outward Natitude, to borrow the team’s slogan. It’s also the disdain Washington seems to have for the sport — shutting down Strasburg in 2012, essentially telling the world that this mighty assemblage would have many shots at a World Series — and even its players. The same Washington that added (Boras client) Rafael Soriano to a bullpen that already had a capable closer in Drew Storen just undercut Storen again, trading for the (kind of arrogant) Jonathan Papelbon and acceding to his demand to be installed as closer.

The Mets, on the other hand, are kind of cool. They have great young pitching, which they need because they can’t hit. (A recent outpouring of offense has lifted them from last in the majors in runs to 28th.) The Braves sent journeymen Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to Flushing two weeks ago, and Uribe already has more homers and more RBIs as a Met in 2015 than does the All-Star David Wright. (To be fair, Wright hasn’t played since April.)

Last weekend the Mets swept Washington to pull even in the standings, and this week they’ve nosed a game and a half ahead. As Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote, the new consensus holds that the Nationals, who spent $21o million to add Max Scherzer to Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, now have the second-best rotation in their division.

That’s cool, too. Ordinarily nobody around here would want the Mets to anything but lose — the memory of them blowing the 2007 division title on the season’s final day remains sweet — but this is different. This is either/or against an even more disliked rival. This is, by process of elimination, a Mets mandate.

And I’m pretty sure it’s not just us on the periphery who feel this way. I suspect one or two of the folks who work for the Braves will second that emotion.

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Atlantarama
Atlantarama

I'm surprised at some of the comments. From the start of the season, after it became apparent that the Braves would be rebuilding, I've been rooting for the Mets over the Nationals.

kevkat
kevkat

What do we get out of rooting for the Mets? Sad day when that's all the Braves sports writers can talk about. Bring on football and lets concentrate on the possibility of a team being good than waste time thinking about or writing on a team that's a non-factor and rooting for team to beat a rival.


Richard Krupski
Richard Krupski

Even Chipper Jones is loving the Mets this year... Anyone but the Phillies and the Nationals...

Richard Krupski
Richard Krupski

Okay, you bring up the Mets 07 collapse but have you forgotten the 2011 Braves collapse? Worse than the Mets 07 collapse.

Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

Yeahhhhhh righttttttt........That is a stretch to say the least. Slow news day I guess.  I hope they both tank.

freezboy
freezboy

..and besides...Did you think someone from our nations Capital was going to outsmart a New Yorker....

freezboy
freezboy

This blog is going to die a quick death

freezboy
freezboy

The take on the Nationals is right on...bile of arrogance.....

freezboy
freezboy

Not enough cussing on this blog piece...

hipdawg
hipdawg

Have fun pulling for the Mets Mark, I'll stick to pulling for the Braves.Why not write a story about the Yankees while your at it?

Gil 'n Mechanicsvile
Gil 'n Mechanicsvile

Funny thing but you have your finger on the pulse of many Braves fans. While the gNats have some pretty decent guys on their team, they have an owner who is a Dan Snider clone and thus is reason enough to root against the Washington team. While he is no Stienbrenner, he is still involved just enough to  ruin the pot.

VeryDisgusted
VeryDisgusted

@Gil 'N Mechanicsvile 


I'd love to trade our owner for the Nats owner any day


At least the Lerner family gives a dam about the team -- I would trade Liberty for almost anything

FairwayGreen2putt
FairwayGreen2putt

No one is saying 'let's go mets'. I knew when I saw the headline it would be a @MarkBradleyAJC piece...

Matthew Quint
Matthew Quint

I like these kinds of articles. In my early Mets fandom it was the Cardinals that were the "enemy" and in the midst of the re-alignment it was kind of fun to see the Braves show promise, especially with great pitching which was always the Mets strength. Then of course we became rivals -- in spirit but not in competition where you basically crushed us. And then it was the Phillies in the 2000s and now the Nats. It was fun to see Chipper's recent tweet that the Mets would be the team he'd least like to face right now because of our pitching staff. Plus, as a Mets fan, we've always been able to hate the Yankees as a way to vent any frustration. ;-)

DoubleSubject
DoubleSubject

Seems the Braves are stumbling towards season's end as usual. I suppose the Mets may prevail in our division, but the Cardinals have the best shot to win it all. 

GloryBetweenTheHedges
GloryBetweenTheHedges

The players that we once despised are gone, but I can assure you the fans have not changed. It's still New York!

Rickster_
Rickster_

Is this kinda like "the enemy of my enemy is my friend?"

IlliniBrave
IlliniBrave

This captured EXACTLY what I've been thinking for the past couple months. While I used to be a Met-hating Braves fan, and I'll never get over all the crap they threw on Chipper, I despise, despise, despise the arrogant b______s in DC. Your repeated use of the term arrogant was precisely how I think of them. I almost threw up over Harper's naked pic in the ESPN Body Issue. So full of himself. And Strasburg is exactly as you say, underachieving yet somehow still worshiped by many. I rarely wish ill on anyone, but anytime a Nat goes on the DL I celebrate! Can't wait to seem them choke in the postseason, if they even make it.

LEWWHEEL
LEWWHEEL

I did wish Jaun Uribe and Kelly Johnson well when they left the Braves for the Mets.  Don't know if I can find a wish like that for the remainder of the Mets. If my choice came down to only Nats or Mets? ... It has not yet so I will say  ugh to both... Go Braves! As we try to win a few more games this year.

Savdon
Savdon

I wish the Braves were still in the West.  To say I hated the Dodgers is a disservice to the word hate. Suffering condescension over a long period of time guarantees pure hatred.  However, I don't miss 5:30am wake-ups after a 10:30pm start time.  Go Met...no. I can't do it.

JeffCriswell
JeffCriswell

Under no circumstance will I root for another East team. Atlanta needs new leadership in the dugout. Braves need only look down the bench to Roger McDowell. Gonzalez is a fine coach but does not have the imagination needed to oversee the rebuild. IMO. 

AtlantaSportsVictory
AtlantaSportsVictory

Nothing makes the sad state of the Braves more clear then this article, focusing on the Nats and Mets. It's gonna be a long two months for Braves fans. 

VeryDisgusted
VeryDisgusted

I hate the Cardinals more than anyone now and I still hate the Dodgers


Go Pirates

VeryDisgusted
VeryDisgusted

I am sort of neutrual either way on the Mets or Nats


Just want to watch good baseball -- I would like to see the Pirates get to the WS


Anyone but the Cardinals -- bad blood from 2011 and the 2012 WC game that Sam Holbrook stole from us

Decaturian
Decaturian

they're still playing baseball? thought it ended after the braves lost the trade deadline....hmph

Jmonty
Jmonty

Doesn't it still require the Braves to actually win most of their games?  Mets may win... but the Braves won't.  So.. kind of a waste to root for either. 

swell4
swell4

I am a huge lifelong Braves fan but have never really hated the Mets.  They just have never been too much of a threat. I have actually always kind of liked them for some reason.  Maybe it is because they always play second fiddle to the Yankees or that I like most of the people I have met from NY that are Mets fans.  Anyways, I am definitely rooting for them over the Nationals.

Calel
Calel

I'm a Braves fan, and quite frankly, I don't give a rat's a$$ whether or not the Mets or Nats win the division. Both organizations can kiss my......TWICE! "Let's go Mets"...You won't hear that from me unless they're at the starting line of a race that ends in hell or off a cliff! GTFOH with that crap!

Archangel
Archangel

Just because we don't like the nats doesn't mean we like the mets. They're both our top rivals.

freezboy
freezboy

...and since when did the Mets get kinda cool

reckingball
reckingball

I just read on another "news" outlet, that Cameron Maybin sent out a message on his social media carrier, that he was told by the Braves, that he could no longer wear his stirrup styled socks anymore.

reckingball
reckingball

I wonder,.......who told him not to wear them anymore?

freezboy
freezboy

Efff them both...we only have to pull for ourselves

reckingball
reckingball

I hate the New York  Mutropolitans...........a whole lot less that I hate the Washington Notionals. I hope that the Nots, don't make it into the playoffs.

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

@reckingball I know this may seem like high comedy around these parts, but can we stop with the "replace a letter in the name of a team we don't like to make it mean something else" thing?


Because it's pretty stupid. Especially when you have to dig deep for something as dumb as "Mutropolitans" and then misspell what I can only assume is "mutt."


It's not funny.

rayfromga
rayfromga

Not a fan of Mets.  Keeping an eye on Astros and Padres more though with all of the former Braves that are on them. 

CobbManAssRapedbyBraves
CobbManAssRapedbyBraves

Are the Mets going to relieve me and my fellow Cobb homeowners of our tax burden the new Braves ballpark named after a tacky bank and its surrounding infrastructure?


No?  


Then,  NO  ,  I would not cheer for the Mets even if they were playing ISIS.       When California falls into the sea after The Big One,  I only wish The Left Coast could take New York, Boston & Philly along as well and leave the rest of us in peace.



The  Brave$$$$  are my team.     



They ought to be.     I'm paying for them.




HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

I've been saying this exact thing for weeks.


It's hard to hate the Mets as we once did. All that made them unbearable (The Coleman-Bonilla Years, the Valentine Years) has been replaced by one of the best "good guys" in all of baseball in David Wright, a manager everyone seems to like in Terry Collins, and a positively Bravesian young pitching staff that's fun to watch.


You compare that to the DC D-Bags and it's no choice. As a Braves fan, you have to root for the Mets to win the division and / or in the playoffs over the Nats.

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