Interleague Play

May 18, 2007 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Wow, it’s interleague “rivalry” weekend! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am really fired up for that classic Atlanta vs. Boston matchup. What history! Scores of epic battles. Forget about Hawks vs. Celtics or Pats vs. Falcons, this puts Ali/Frazier, Cowboys/Redskins, and Dodgers/Giants to shame. But wait there’s more — in a few weeks we get to watch the Sox pitchers stand at the plate with bats in hand down in Atlanta for 3 more games! Great stuff. The rest of Major League Baseball fans won’t be shortchanged either with Phillies/Blue Jays, Seattle/San Diego, and Royals/Rockies on the slate.

Naysayers are quick to point to Yankees/Mets, White Sox/Cubs, Giants/A’s, and other geographical matchups. Not to mention the fact that this is supposedly done for “the fans.” Apparently I am in the minority here, and I simply can’t understand why. One-ninth of every team’s schedule (18 games) is against the other league. Do you think fans in Minnesota are happy about playing 6 games against first place Milwaukee while their divisional rivals play six against last place Cincinnati? I doubt it. The Yankees and Red Sox are playing comparable opponents in the Mets and Braves, but the Orioles have 6 against the lowly Nationals. I could go on …

There are too many interleague games. Six against a designated “rival” is more than sufficient. I wish interleague play would go away, but I guess it’s here to stay.

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