We are now officially in late June as Major League Baseball’s annual Clash of the Americans and Nationals AKA Interleague play is now complete. Outside of the Yankees, who once again tortured the Mets and their fans, will anyone really miss this yearly excercise of mixing up the leagues? Oh wait, next season there will be an Interleague game every day with the Astros moving to the American League West. Yay!
Yes, I understand the buzz the game receives when it’s Yankees-Mets, White Sox–Cubs and Dodgers–Angels. But doesn’t it seem all of the other contests are just normal games? And why do we keep stats for Interleague play as if they are their own categories like regular season and postseason statistics? Is it something special to be the career leader in home runs for Interleague games? What I am trying to say is, after 15 years or so of this, the novelty has worn off. Unless the Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs are coming to town, attendance does not spike when say, the Rays come to Miami as opposed to when the Phillies visit the Fish. Most fans (like me) would just as soon see more games against division foes, games that mean a lot more at the standings than the alleged payoff at the gate.
If MLB wants Interleague games mean something, put a series like Mets-Yankees at the end of September. Can you imagine a scenario such as David Wright homering off David Robertson to send the Mets to the playoffs and the Yankees home? That would put some real meaning into something that has become almost an afterthought.
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