It’s safe to say the beloved Cardinals/Mets rivalry from the 80′s is neutered relic from our past. We know this.
Sure, MLB’s divisional splits in 1994 all but destroyed the frequent late-season encounters with New York, but there are other factors at play here. Terry Collins is no Davey Johnson. Jose Reyes is no Wally Backman. Carlos Beltran’s freaky facial mole is frightening, but he’s no Lenny Dykstra after a Kodiak buzz. Keith Hernandez is universally beloved after appearing opposite Jerry Seinfeld and Darryl Strawberry is no longer despised in St. Louis. Hell, he lives here now.
Yeah, the rivalry is dead. Besides, it’s much easier to hate Brandon Phillips these days anyway. Nevertheless, it’s enjoyable to recall the memorable feuds with the New York Mets in the 80′s. As most Cardinals fans from the 80′s recall, this feud inspired the creation of the t-shirt below.
What a horrifically-awful shirt.
Sure, my opinion is jaded by biting shirts like this, but I still have no earthly idea what that shirt meant or why this was supposed to make New York fans angry. Algea jokes in the 80′s must have killed.
Anyway, what I do know is that I’ve always enjoyed extracting this paper-thin shirt (actually, my father’s) from the depths of my closet during the first game of a late-season Cardinals/Mets series and saying “Mookie” as many times as humanly possible during a three-hour span.