The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are taking their rivalry overseas.
The games are part of MLB's expanding plans to stage international games, an effort that was supposed to start in 2020 with London games between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. Per The Athletic, the Phillies and Mets were supposed to play there in 2021 as well, until the COVID-19 pandemic derailed those plans and more.
Games were played in Tokyo, Mexico City and London in 2019. This season, the Cubs and Cardinals are set to play in London, and the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres already played two games in Mexico City.
The Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros are expected to play in Mexico City next season, per Sports Illustrated, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Padres are tentatively planned to open the 2024 season in Seoul, South Korea, per ESPN.
The fun will continue in 2025, with MLB reportedly planning for games in Paris, Mexico City, Japan and possibly San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by games in Mexico City, London and possibly San Juan in 2026.