A startling trend has taken root in America: fans of certain teams dislike other certain teams. Seriously, isn't this weird? If you love Team A, why do you have to hate Team B? It's not part of the social contract, is it?â†µ
Kevin Deutsch, reporter for the New York Daily News, has risked his well-being and ventured toward the front lines to explore this phenomenon. In a story that certainly merits Pulitzer consideration, he... went to Citizens Bank Park in a Mets jersey and trolled Phillies fans.
"FIRST PLACE METS," I chanted as throngs of depressed Phillies fans exited the stadium, heads held low in defeat.â†µ
[...] When I started a chant of "Phillies suck" just feet from the famous LOVE sculpture, I got anything but love from the Phillies faithful.â†µ
After the game, Mr. Deutsch presumably set a glass of water outside on a hot day, just to see what would happen.â†µ
When a Phillies security guard wearing a Phillies World Series Ring took a half swing at me mid-Mets chant, I knew this was truly hostile territory.â†µ
So, no, this piece doesn't really explore any issue or present anything noteworthy in and of itself, but there's a broader story here: a story of a man who attains a job that millions of people would lose an arm for, then leverages it to get paid to heckle and annoy people. What does it feel like to destroy something beautiful?