David Lennon of Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) wrote about the Phillies-Mets rivalry becoming more a heavyweight brawl than a baseball battle. He spoke to Mets about the growing heat, and especially Jayson Stark’s comments that there “will be a brawl.”
My favorite reaction, the always-quiet Billy Wagner:
“If one of their little 25-year-olds wants to come out and whip my ass, they can brag that they whipped a 37-year-old man’s ass. Well, good for them. It’s always good to play that underdog role.
“If they come out there, though, there’s two things that could happen. I’m pretty sure they’re going to whip my ass. But what if I get a shot in? What if? Then you just got your ass whipped on national TV by the littlest guy in baseball, so think of that ‘What if?’”
Just a memo to Billy: You must expect Zach Segovia to fight you, because he’s the only 25-year-old on the Phils roster. Also, shut the hell up. You’re a little punk. We’d rather swat homers off you in the ninth than swat the smirk off your face.