Atlanta Braves: Remembering the 1999 NLCS, when the Braves-Mets rivalry really mattered

Mr. Met: Oh, how we loved to hate him.

Mr. Met: We loved to hate him.

Ten years ago, when the Mets came to town, Braves fans got ready to rumble. The rivalry was on: Bobby C. vs. Bobby V. Chipper vs. Piazza. Mr. Met vs. the Tomahawk Chop. Us vs. Them.

The 1999 NLCS, pitting Atlanta against New York, was our own unique taste of what MLB’s storied archrivals have known for over a century: Baseball, like love, is war. And we ALL think WE should win.

YOU TELL US: Does Atlanta still care about Braves-Mets? Or have both once-mighty teams fallen so far that this rivalry is beyond revival?

26 comments Add your comment

Sean

September 15th, 2009
11:36 am

Go to the game tonight, and put up with Mets fans for 3 hours (if there are any left and still supporting their team). You will hate the Mets again.

varoarunner

September 15th, 2009
11:52 am

Sure – The Muts and the Braves will always be a draw. I’ll watch!

Zag

September 15th, 2009
11:54 am

The Mets will always be the Mets, bad blood runs deep but it is NOT 1999 or 2001 or any of our past glory days….Time to move on and get ready to start a new chapter!

tr

September 15th, 2009
12:21 pm

If you can’t “rub it in,” if you can’t take out your frustrations on a true and hated rival, what, then, is the point? Go Braves! Beat the Mets without mercy!

BOISESTATEBRONCO

September 15th, 2009
12:26 pm

It will always mean something to play the Mets.

All I'm Saying Is...

September 15th, 2009
12:38 pm

It’s always a good day when the arrogant-for-no-good-reason Mets lose and it’s a great day when it’s the Braves kicking their butts.

LET’S GO BRAVES!

rico43

September 15th, 2009
12:39 pm

I’d think it will be a pleasant, quiet weekend at the Ted with no Mets fans making the trip and most Braves fans “back in school”. Lotsa good seats available!

rufues

September 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

What’ gets my goat about the braves, is how can Cox, keep making the same empty headed decisions and idiotic moves games after games.
The Braves are not a great team, but it’s not a bad team either, They could have been in second place easily, getting really for the play off, but instead, they’ll get ready to have another losing year, and maybe, and hoping, the last, with Cox at the helm. The Mets have so many player on the disable list, they should get their money back from these player for bleach of contract. Judging the Mets manager would be unfair, because I don’t keep up with the Mets, the Braves are enough of a headache.
There is nothing worse then to have teams with so many injuries, they need to redo their fitness program, or retired the frail players, such as Chipper. This year about ten games into the season, half a dozens players, got hurt and were on the disable list, with injuries like if their pinky getting a boo, boo and have to be out for 30 day’s. These over paid kids are baby more then a baby.

Tomy Fournier

September 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

AND WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN THIS SERIES???NOTHING…AND FOR SURE(WITH THIS MORON MANAGER)…ATLANTA IS GOING TO FAIL IN TWO OR MY BE IN THREE GAME OF THIS SERIES…LIKE ALWAYS…WITH INFERIOR TEAM…THAT’S MORON COX MANIAC.

Joe S

September 15th, 2009
1:21 pm

It’s going to be a great fight. The Mets don’t even deserve to be a team because the Brooklyn Dodgers left them for good, and if the Mets do horrifically 17-20 years they’ll break Manhattan, NY’s hearts for good. It will all be about the Yankees in the long run.

Braves and Mets are one of the best rivalries I’ve seen but the Phillies-Braves are even better because the Phillies put up 2 Division Titles 1 WS title, and a bad mouth pitcher in Cole Hamels.

Still Braves and mets is a game to watch.

Mitchell

September 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

As long as we keep beating them, it’s still a rivalry.

Actually, that’s the exact opposite of a rivalry but I’ll still take it.

We better sweep. We’re the better team. There’s no excuse.

submariner

September 15th, 2009
1:39 pm

This series is an after thought. The rivalry has been diminished by NY’s inability to build a team and ATL’s unwillingness to change managers. ATL had Freddie Gonzalez and now he’s down in Florida, kicking butts with less talent. Atlanta should have put Cox out to pasture years ago and NY should have spent all that money on young talent, vice getting guys past their primes. Aside from Wright, Santana and Reyes (and Reyes is always broke), they don’t have squat. You have to get to the ninth, with the lead before you can hand the ball to K-Rod. And they never should have cut Bobby Valentine lose. Neither team has a real offense. Had it not been for the Braves outstanding pitching, they’d be further back in the standings. Braves are underacheivers as we fans are, because we won’t show up at the park and support our team….win or lose….like the Cubs, Cardinals, Phillies and Yankees fans do.

the real Old Gold

September 15th, 2009
1:50 pm

It’ll matter again in April.. but right now, both teams are irrelevant, and people would rather watch football than the 3rd place Braves.

.Harold

September 15th, 2009
1:52 pm

As long as Bobby Cox is manage the brave will never be a winning club. If he would get control of his player and make them hustle on and off field practice on the small things that wins close games
and quit trying to be the ump. I sure hope we can get some new leader ship at the helm. I know it is hard to retire but you know when you get to the point you don,t get the job done it is time to step down and let new ideas and young player take over .

submariner

September 15th, 2009
2:05 pm

Bobby’s trying to pad his career ejection numbers.

slippy r

September 15th, 2009
2:14 pm

i meannnnn….
i still hate the effing mets.
next year it’ll be on when we’re both competitive.
i can’t wait for hanson vs santana in a meaningful game sometime in the future…

Ebenezer Snerdberg

September 15th, 2009
4:10 pm

The only good Mut is a severely beaten Mut! Playin’ for Pride,’specially ‘gainst these @#$%^&*.

FIRE BOBBY COX!

GO BRAVES!

GTSteve

September 15th, 2009
4:19 pm

Boy the ol’ blog looks like a ghost town compared to a couple of weeks……..

Jeff S.

September 15th, 2009
4:27 pm

Not to get off topic here, Chief, but I got a question hopefully you’ll be able to solve for me. In regards to the new 2010 schedule announced today I noticed we do not have any interleague games against the Red Sox. I thought that MLB designated the Braves and Red Sox as “Natural Rivals” for interleague purposes, meaning that regardless of which AL division we play, we also play a series against the Red Sox. Not that I’m complaining, but has this “Natural Rival” idea gone by the wayside already?

papadawg

September 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

I’ll always hate the Mets, No reason not to!

Wes

September 15th, 2009
4:40 pm

Some people don’t think before they post here. Every game means something, especially in August AND September… It doesn’t matter what team you play. The Braves-Mets rivalry will always matter to TRUE baseball fans because these two teams used to duke it out in the 90’s all season long. Just because the Mets are out of it this year doesn’t mean they can’t have an impact on the playoffs. They can still take one or two games away from the Braves to get revenge (most likely because the pressure is basically off them).

And FYI – The Braves are still in this thing… with 162 games a year, any team can falter at any given time, and also… any team can get hot at any given time… that’s what makes BASEBALL great.

Rahul

September 15th, 2009
5:43 pm

Of course it matters….the only team in major league baseball I truly, really, despise are the New York Mets

mike arnone

September 15th, 2009
6:00 pm

Braves are still in the hunt. If the Giants can sweep the Rocks and the Bravos can sweep the Mets, hope goes on. Braves still have 3 with Phils and Marlins too. I believe Marlins have at least 3 with Phils This is baseball anything can happen!!

taxman kenneth

September 15th, 2009
6:06 pm

To me it doesn’t matter anymore. The Mets have spent and spent and are still under the braves in the standings and the braves have given alway all their farm for a couple of rentals in the past 2-3 years so who cares anymore. The Mets will probably beat the braves in 2 or maybe 3 games depending on what Booby lets Hanson pitch tonight or not. He will take him out if he has a decent chance to win like he did the last time he pitched. Cox will find some way to lose to the Mets if at all possible. Until management is changed the braves are losers and I for one will not waste my time watching them. I would like to see Hanson do good tonight and just see what kind of dumb move Cox makes to spoil it.I’m sure he will come up with something like he always does to keep from winning.

Tom

September 15th, 2009
9:19 pm

i know people you want bobby cox gone, your that anxious for the terry pendleton era to begin?

richnieh

September 16th, 2009
3:10 am

It is still a good match up between the Mets and the Braves. It is not really anyone’s fault for the Mets as everyone knows. Just like the Braves last year, the Mets is plagued with injuries. Look at the schedule this year, it is all about the Mets and the Phillies. Braves though, has not been good for a while but they are getting there. I believe next year, when the Mets become healthier and Braves get more help from offseason market to compliment with their pitching. It would be more competitive next year whilst it is all about the Phillies in 2009.