Or orange hot. The lifetime series still tilts in the Mets favor at 154-147. But with two World Series titles to the Mets one appearance (loss) it doesn't feel this good to a Mets fan. Throw in the relative youth of the Marlins franchise vs the Mets and it actually feels like a negative.
The greatest Mets division rival has changed over the years along with levels of contention. There is plenty to be said recently of a Mets-Phillies or a Mets-Braves rivalry (not much to say on the Nats), but this year will put the Mets-Fish tangle on top. While it is slightly more probable than being struck by lightning, a division championship (or more) is not in the cards this year. So the small victories of beating a division opponent and watching player development will have to suffice. What are you gonna do, not love the game?
Jose Reyes is on the short list of all time great home grown Mets. His teaming up with Hanley Ramirez will play for some great late inning drama this year I'm sure. Watching Reyes round second at Citifield will be especially painful if the Mets don't win most of these games.
We don't yet have a rivalry like Skanks-Sox, or even Browns-Steelers. But this years Mets-Marlins series will be about as potent as we have ever seen as Mets fans.