The World Series is set, and starting Wednesday night (October 28), the showdown will be on between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Though the storied Yankees have won a total of 26 championships, it’s the Phillies who walk in as the defending champions. The Phils and the Yanks don’t have a whole lot of history against one another (they’ve only played 25 games over the past 100 years, including a Yankees sweep of the Phillies in the 1950 World Series), there’s still no love lost between Philadelphia and New York. After all, the Phillies do have a pretty cutthroat rivalry with the New York Mets, and there are also long-standing rivalries in hockey (Flyers and Rangers), football (Giants and Eagles) and basketball (76ers and Knicks).
Of course, the music world is choosing sides as well. It’s already been announced that Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing “Empire State of Mind” during the opening game on Wednesday night, and a mini-rivalry has already erupted on Twitter between Keys and Phillies fan Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of the Roots.
What other Phils fan is ready for the Series? Legendary Philadelphia turntable spinner and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff. He stopped by the office to talk about his new Michael Jackson-centric mixtape He’s the King, I’m the DJ (a play on his famous album with Will Smith He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper), and he said that his team has the champion’s advantage.
“The Yankees are going up against the defending world champions,” Jeff told MTV News. “I don’t think you can just walk in the door and give it to the Yankees. I think the Yankees might be nervous about the Phillies.”
Memo to New York DJs and rappers: Them’s fightin’ words.