2) Mets rival: The case for the Philadelphia Phillies
The closest rival geographically within the division, the Philadelphia Phillies are also the longest ones to face off against the Mets. Nobody has played the Amazins more.
The rivalry between these two is a bit precarious. When the Mets are at their best, the Phillies tend to struggle and vice versa. It was only in 2007-2008 when the two clashed and it felt like a true matchup of heavyweights. The Phillies came away as the winners both times. However, over the years, each has taken turns spoiling the season for the other or pounding the other into submission.
These two clubs have yet to meet in the postseason which is a bit of a shame because it could draw the baddest of sports blood out of it. New York and Philadelphia fans are often neighbors in many parts of New Jersey. Even in northern Pennsylvania, some slant a little more toward the Big Apple than the City of Brotherly Love.
Only because both organizations have had their share of struggles and are rarely winning at the same time does this not get the number one spot. Maybe the biggest battle of all in this war is over the rights to “Ya Gotta Believe.” It was a catchphrase of the Mets before it belonged to the Phillies, courtesy of Tug McGraw.
One thing we can all agree on: ya gotta believe this rivalry will never end.