The Ultimate Fan Dilemma: Hate vs. Hate, Is There a "Right Side?"

The Lesser of Two Evils? I Shudder at the Thought

It’s coming. The thing I’ve feared. The event that so many like me were hoping against hope would never take place — despite knowing it was undoubtedly around the corner. The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are on a collision course to meet in the Fall Classic. The very notion of such an event causes me to throw up in my mouth – just a little bit. It’s a straight up gag reflex, and I’m honesty struggling as to what to do when the moment arrives.

Yankees. Phillies. For a diehard Mets fan, there is no other match up that could raise such ire…tap into such deep-seeded disdain…elicit such raw emotion. I’ve grown up hating the Bronx Bombers. It’s in my DNA. The Phillies are a more recent phenomenon. Yet, they have still managed to hit that nerve. The same one the Braves occupied for what seemed like decades.

Don’t get me wrong, I still harbor strong feelings of animosity toward the Tomahawk choppers in Hotlanta. However, Victorino, Lidge and crew have overtaken them for the NL top spot on my most-hated list. Success breeds this, I know. Truth be told, I don’t mind Utley, Howard or Cliff Lee. I even have somewhat of a soft spot for Charlie Manuel. Still, they’re the Phils now. They are the nemesis. Public enemy numero uno.

So people, what the mother-eff am I supposed to do? I love baseball. It’s the World Series. And I’m quite seriously contemplating not watching a single minute of the action as my best course of action. Right now, it feels as if there is actually no other viable option. Might I need to throw my support behind Filthadelphia and go against every natural fiber in my body? Put aside my ill-tempered feelings toward the franchise for the purpose of uniting against a greater pinstriped evil?

I’m not ready to face this, yet. Calling for an LA miracle of any kind. Please.

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About the Author: Cecilio's Scribe is the founder of The Legend of Cecilio Guante and a generally pessimistic fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers. A fine NYC-based gentlemen who hones his marketing skills as his primary trade by day. Husband, chef, father of a newborn and after-hours blogger by night. Proud alum of the mighty Big Red of Cornell. University. Hot sauce devotee. Staunch protester of the continued wussifcation of American sports. Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.

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  1. samerochocinco says:

    Dodgers-Yankees would be ideal, since I don't hate the Dodgers as much and Torre vs. his old team would be sick. I absolutely HATE the Yankees, Phillies, and Angels.

  2. Alan Smithee says:

    You really have to ask?! You NEVER root for a divisional rival, especially the biggest rival in your division. Did you wring your hands in guilt like this in the 90's when it was Yankees/Braves?

    Besides, the Phils not repeating as (*slight retch*) World Fucking Champions will derail the inevitable Phillies Dynasty talk that has ALREADY STARTED in some Philly fan circles.

    If it must be Yankees/Phillies, let's go Yankees.

  3. P-Cat says:

    Same thing happened to me in 86. Mets vs. Sawx. Them vs. Them. Hated every second of it.

  4. Cecilio's Scribe says:

    not sure "let's go yankees" is something that can ever be uttered from this mouth. /still waffling

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Quick fix. Just stop watching baseball until next season. It's football season now. I haven't watched a game since the Tigers lost to the Twinkies.

  7. Crazy Canton Cuts says:

    interesting post

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