Few baseball fans hate quite as well as fans of the New York Mets. They do it with panache, style, pure vitriol and hard-won experience. Yankees and Red Sox fans are almost too hated themselves to hate with much authority, and other teams' fans are just too nice. (Exception: Phillies fans, whose blind rage all-too-often seems directed inward.)

Mets fan blogger Yankees 2000: Promote The Curse — of course that would be the title — has decided to initiate The John Rocker Award, which is awarded to the player most hated by Mets fans.

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As you'd suspect, there's some Cardinals on there, like Yadier Molina, and the token Yankee is Johnny Damon, if just because you can't pick Jeter and A-Rod every year. But we think the pretty obvious winner has to be Braden Looper, who was horrific with the Mets and then, just to be a jerk about it, led the Cardinals' mock 'Jo-se, Jose-Jose-Jose' chant after the NLCS Game 7, which even we admit was probably uncalled for. We can't imagine Mets fans voting for anyone else.

The John Rocker Award [Yankees 2000: Promote The Curse]