I don’t know about you, but I am tired of interleague ballgames in Major League Baseball. As the Mets play the Los Angeles Angels this weekend at Citi Field, I feel no compulsion to go to a game. Even a matchup against the Oakland A’s (long ago opponents in the 1973 World Series) does little to attract my attention. There is simply no reason for me to want to see these games and I think many people feel the same way.
Yes, I can see that regional rivalries could attract interest – St. Louis and Kansas City, Cleveland and Cincinnati and so on – but this would be limited at best to one three-game series a year. Here in New York City the luster of Mets-Yankees games has long worn off, making me long for the old Mayor’s Trophy Game that was played once a year.
Let’s look at the reality of it: American League teams are asked to lose the DH in a National League park and have their pitchers hit. This really highlights the incongruity of the two leagues (and reasons why people want to get rid of the DH). Conversely, National League teams have to find a guy to DH – which may be easier, but it is unnatural in the scheme of things for those teams.
In general, I think interleague play should be reserved for when it really counts – the World Series. Otherwise, let’s get back to baseball the way it used to be played within the leagues for more games that really matter during the season. That is what puts this fan (and I’d say many more) in a seat at the park, and that should be what is most important to MLB rather than games that have as much appeal as hot chocolate during a heat wave.
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