What. The. Fuck
-Written by Alec Baicher
First of all, if you’re from Philly, you may not want to read this blog (just kidding, please give us page views and clicks!). Okay into the real story.
Today, one of the Phillies beat writers for MLB.com tweeted out pictures of a hallway in the Phillies spring training facility. Let me tell you, this is not just any way. This wall had a mural on it. A mural of Tug McGraw, former Mets and Phillies pitcher, with Tug’s famous slogan “You Gotta Believe!”
Here is my response….WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK PHILADELPHIA. This is straight up copyright infringement. Tug McGraw’s “You Gotta Believe” rally cry was used by the 1973 Mets.
Here is the backstory.
The Mets were famously in last place in the Eastern division on August 30th of 1973. Tug McGraw then uttered the greatest phrase in New York Mets history, “You Gotta Believe,” after each win the last month as the Mets made an improbable run to win the Eastern Division and make it to the World Series; where they eventually lost to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Phillies BLATANTLY ripped this off from the Mets. Ever since 1973, the Mets and their fans utter the words “You Gotta Believe” in a magical season (last seen in 2015, the Mets and their social media team used the phrase in their run to the World Series). It’s a shame that a franchise like the Phillies has to stoop this low.
I absolutely DESPISE the Phillies more than any other team in the world. I even dislike and loathe them more than the Patriots. I hate them because they were good from 2007-2011, and Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels backed up their talk. As a fan, you hate your rivals when they are good, but I did respect them at the time. Now? Not so much.
The Phillies are in rebuild mode and this is just a sad response from the franchise. I would love nothing more than the Mets to go 14-5 against the Phillies this year and troll them all season long with the “You Gotta Believe” slogan. Rant over. #LGM
P.S. Mets - 1, Phillies - 0 on social media and full teams haven’t even reported yet. A win for the good guys!