I don’t care what anyone says. Interleague play in baseball works, and it is awesome. I’m not even just talking about watching the Yankees play the Mets (it’s always fun to hear DER-EK JE-TER and LETS GO METS! chants in the same game), or the Red Sox take on the Phillies or Braves, the Cubs vs. the White Sox, or even have the Dodgers face the Angels. I’m talking about how it is good for baseball, and just creates for a more exciting couple weeks. Infact, I think it should get expanded. Like Terry Francona said a couple weeks ago, take a series or two away from the Yanks vs. Red Sox considering they play each other 4 million times a season and every game just HAS to be on ESPN or FOX. I mean I used to love watching them play each other, but now it’s getting a little redudant and annoying. Anyway, I remember when the idea for interleague play started and I was in love with it. Seeing AL teams forcing their pitchers to hit, getting a possible glimpse of a World Series matchup, and just to be able to watch NL teams play AL teams. I hate how baseball is so divided, it’s almost like two completely different leagues, especially when you have the whole DH rule. Interleague unites the two leagues, and makes baseball a better sport because of it. Attendance skyrockets (Yankees vs. Mets game last night was the biggest crowd in Citi Field’s history), and viewership always goes up. Just look at FOX on Saturday this weekend, their introducing night games now because they get such solid rating for these interleague matchups.
There are the idiotic “traditionalists” who say baseball is meant to have two different leagues and they shouldn’t even see each other until the World Series. That’s retarded. So you get to dominate your own league against teams you’ve actually played numerous times and have scouted, but now for the actual championship you have to go and beat a team you’ve never played during the season? How does that make any sense? If that’s the case you might as well just have two different champions since people want to keep the leagues so separated anyway. I think interleague should be expanded, and should even be more like the NBA. Eastern teams face each Western team twice a season (one at home and one away). I think each NL team should face each AL team one series a season (alternating home and away every other season). This way, if you just so happen to make the World Series, you’ll actually know your opponent. Just look at the potential NBA finals this season. It’s going to be that much more interesting because we’ve seen the Celtics play the Lakers numerous times, and they hate each other. It’s a great matchup to watch. Why do you think it’s on Christmas day every year? The regular season makes this possible and continues a great NBA Finals rivalry. Baseball should do this and turn Yankees vs. Mets in to even more of a rivalry, uniting the two leagues a little more and making for a better baseball season, and more importantly, a better World Series. Also, who know’s what kind of great new rivalries could be started? Pirates vs. Royals anyone? Ya never know.