Yesterday Mike Schmidt, the Hall Of Fame 3B who spent his career in Philadelphia, fired the first shot across the Mets bow.
Schmidt sent an e-mail to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel stating in part that the Mets know the Phillies are a better team.
"One pitch, one at bat, one play, one situation, think 'small' and 'big' things result, tough at-bats, lots of walks, stay up the middle with men on base, whatever it takes to 'keep the line moving' on offense, 27 outs on defense, the Mets know you're better than they are," Schmidt said in the letter.
"They remember last year. You guys are never out of a game. Welcome the challenge that confronts you this weekend. You are the stars. Good luck. #20."
Manuel hung the message on the bulletin board in the Phillies clubhouse to psyche his players up.
Billy Wagner had a nice retort by saying, "Did Gary Carter send us one?"
For more about this moron, read Schmidt: Mets know Phillies are better than them