The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves have competed at a high level against each other before. However, back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we didn’t have social media—for better or worse.
With sports, social media has a great purpose. It’s how many of us get our news about the teams we follow. It’s also a nice place to meet and interact with fans.
Social media is also where we get to interact with those with a much different opinion. Mets fans and Braves fans are more interconnected than ever before—finally in a year where both teams are playing at a high level, too.
Mets vs. Braves rivalry is what social media was made for
Who among us hasn’t insulted a Braves fan on social media this year? Who hasn’t had one of them fling something back right at us?
When social media first became a thing we all started to use in the early 2000s, it was more about having a way to communicate with people you already knew. You’d hope someone you casually met at a party would accept your friend request. Better yet, they’d send you one the next day.
That’s not so much how it gets used today. Social media is its own world. It’s less about talking with people you have to deal with in real life. Social media is a place where the rivalry between the Mets and Braves can spill over between the fans.
The last time these two teams made the playoffs was in 2000. The expanded playoffs will make it far more possible for the Mets and Braves to each earn a berth into the postseason on a yearly basis. Getting the chance to play each other will remain tough but the opportunities will be there.
Remove social media from the equation and Mets fans only get to banter with those who root for the New York Yankees or Philadelphia Phillies. The occasional transplant or kid that grew up watching Braves baseball on TBS might live in the area. Or maybe you’re even one of those former New York residents now living down in Georgia. Whatever your situation, mocking Braves fans every time they lose is only a few clicks away. And having your team shamed with a GIF or a meme from an Atlanta native is just as easy.
It’s 2022 and the Mets and Braves rivalry is at an all-time high.