Mets vs Braves: A Rivalry Renewed

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There was a sell-out for the home opener for the Braves in 2007, but things are a little different this time around. No longer the defending Division Champs, this time the visitor brought a crowd.

When asked what it means to him to have the Mets faithful following the team ont he road, the talented shortstop commented, "Ha, It's great man, you know we just go here and try to beat the Braves. They're tough here and we have a lot of fun here too, so it's going to be a fun game here for us."

The Mets had the edge in '06, but the money question concerns 2007. A future Hall of Fame lefty points to the arms, while a switch-hitting slugger nods to the bats. Tom Glavine, a future Hall of Famer responds, "Well, we like our team, we had a great summer last year, we were finally able to unseat the Braves, but we know it's going to be a competitive summer, they got better and we got better and the Phillies got better so it's going to be like so many other years, where whoever stays healthy and pitches the best is probably going to win, and we're hoping that's going to be us."

Former teammate and current rival Chipper Jones cites the bats, "They just have a bunch of really good professional hitters. Reyes is probably the premiere leadoff guy in the game, and not better situational hitter than Lo Duca in the two spot, then a virtual murderer's row going through the middle of the lineup, so they don't give you a chance to catch your breathe."

With the Mets and Braves retooled for the new season, and off to hot starts, the national pastime should offer another summer to remember.