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Atlanta Braves – New York Mets
Braves Logo  Mets Logo
History
1st Meeting May 11, 1962
Last Meeting September 23, 2009
Next Meeting April 23, 2010
Number of Meetings 664
All-Time Series 302-360-1 New York
Regular Season Series 298-355-1 New York
Largest victory
Current Streak 2 (Atlanta)
Longest NYM Win Streak 7 (New York)
Longest ATL Win Streak
Playoffs

The Braves–Mets rivalry is a rivalry between two teams in Major League Baseball's National League East, featuring the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.[1]

Although their first major confrontation occurred in the 1969 National League Championship Series, the rivalry did not become especially heated until the 1990s. During this time period, the Braves became one of the most dominant baseball teams in professional baseball. The rivalry came to a visible head with the John Rocker controversy, where Atlanta pitcher Rocker made a number of derogatory comments about residents of New York City in 1999.[2] This led to incidents of items such as full cups of beverages, and even batteries being thrown at Braves players, Namely Rocker, when visiting the Mets.[3] With the end of the Braves' eleven-season National League East winning streak in 2006, the rivalry hit a cooling period.[4][5] In 2004, Atlanta power hitter Chipper Jones named his child "Shea" after the Mets' home Shea Stadium, citing his great success and memories of playing there.[6] The Highlights include a 10 run comeback by the Mets in June 2000 at Shea Stadium and The Grand Slam Single by Robin Ventura in game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.

References

  1. ^ Lisa Olson, "Crazy scene at Shea takes luster off Mets-Braves rivalry" New York Daily News, July 8, 2003. Retrieved 01-09-2009
  2. ^ "Rocker to play for Long Island Ducks", ESPN, April 14, 2004. Retrieved 01-09-2009
  3. ^ "Braves clinch NL East over Mets" CBC Sports, November 10, 2000. Retrieved 01-09-2009
  4. ^ "Can this rivalry be saved?" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 20, 2007. Retrieved 01-09-2009
  5. ^ Tyler Kerpner, "Mets-Braves Rivalry May Have Lost Some of Its Edge" The New York Times, April 3, 2001. Retrieved 01-09-2009
  6. ^ "Jones has 17 home runs at Shea Stadium", ESPN news services, August 31, 2004. Retrieved 01-09-2009
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