Typically, March is one of the best sports months of the year. The NHL and NBA seasons are reaching their conclusion with teams battling for their postseason lives, NFL free agency is beginning, MLB Opening Day is right around the corner, and March Madness is in full swing!
With the coronavirus pandemic, March has been rendered a quiet month in the sports world, as all major leagues have needed to cancel or suspend their events in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To help pass the time, a few of us at Amazin’ Avenue HQ have brainstormed ways to entertain our incredible audience while we wait for baseball to return.
I’d like to introduce you to March Bad-ness! In order to fill the void left by both the absence of baseball and March Madness, we’ve devised an NCAA tournament-style bracket of the worst villains in Mets history. We’ve scoured the depths of our memories, digging up names we’d long since buried deep down in an effort to forget so many painful moments, and put together 64 names that cause Mets fans feelings ranging from mild annoyance to intense loathing.
The March Bad-ness tournament has officially reached the Foul Four after four of the biggest villains in franchise history cut down the proverbial net...erm...netting behind home plate?...and took their place on the Mount Rushmore of Mets villainy (so to speak). Chipper Jones continued his run of dominance, escaping the Hated Eight with the biggest margin of victory for the fourth straight round. “Larry” netted 88% of the vote (373 to 51) against Pat Burrell to win the Mets Killers bracket. John Rocker and his disgust for the entire city of New York was no match for Chase Utley’s dirty sliding and leg-breaking ways, as the former Phillies second baseman pulled off the “upset” with 64% of the vote (271 to 154), setting up a titanic matchup for the ages on the left side of the bracket.
On the right side, we saw two Cardinals from the 2006 squad duke it out, with Yadier slugging his way to the top. The catcher pulled out 67% of the vote (279 to 136) against Adam Wainwright and his curveball. With that, Molina took the crown as the biggest villain in Mets’ playoff history. In the self-loathing region, the two most vilified owners in franchise history took center stage. Despite his legacy of driving The Franchise out of town, Fred and Jeff Wilpon still attracted the ire of a majority of the voters. In the end, The Wilpons skated through to the finals with 81% of the vote (339 to 82).
Voting for the Foul Four will remain open until Monday at Noon!
1 vs. 2: Chipper Jones vs. Chase Utley
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1 vs. 2: Yadier Molina vs. The Wilpons
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