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At 82-44, the Atlanta Braves currently own the best record in baseball. They’re running away with yet another NL East title and have dismantled the Mets in the process. Heading into Thursday’s action, New York is 24 games behind Atlanta. Buck Showalter’s club is also 3-10 against them in 2023. But for some reason, the Braves still seem obsessed with the Mets in every way possible. And now, Blooper, Atlanta’s mascot, is taking aim at SNY announcer, Gary Cohen.

However, it was definitely Gare who threw the first verbal punch while the Mets dropped two of three at Truist Park this week.

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Gare asking for the Phillie Phanatic to save them is pretty funny, though. You’d have to imagine Mr. and Mrs. Met are his top two options, and he is strictly talking about visiting team mascots.

As the Braves blew New York out in Wednesday night’s rubber game, Blooper started firing back by walking around with a trash can labeled “Gary Cohen’s Opinion Jar”:

He also apparently tried to get a picture with Gare, but it didn’t happen:

I understand that shots were first fired from the SNY booth. Plus, this is likely being done for the sake of #content but get over it, people. You’ve got the best team in baseball with a young core locked up for the rest of this decade. Enjoy dominating your opposition on most nights and don’t keep letting the Mets live rent-free in your collective minds.

In case you need another example, here’s one:

This dude spent a not-insignificant amount of money just to troll Pete Alonso. Even though there’s a good chance the first baseman will literally never see this.

I just don’t get it. It’s not breaking news that New York baseball fans can be a little extra cocky (read: annoying) when their team is good like the Mets were in 2022. But if the roles were reversed — with the Mets owning baseball’s best record and the Braves floundering under .500 after selling at the trade deadline — I wouldn’t be thinking about Atlanta for a second.

But heck, to each their own. I didn’t have a Gary Cohen-Blooper the Mascot beef on my 2023 Mets Bingo Card. I’m going to add it, though.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.