Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.
But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.
Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.
So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?
• White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.
• Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?
• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.
• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.
• Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.
• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.
• Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.
• Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.
• Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?
• Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.
• Mariners at Padres: Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.
• Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.
• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."
Oh, the excitement.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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