Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is leading the NL among pitchers with a .313 average (10-for-32).
It’s the most wonderful time of year, but this isn’t Christmas.
It’s that time of the baseball season when the Phillies are in Seattle, the Yankees are in Wrigley, and Ben Francisco is a designated hitter.
Ah, Interleague play, my favorite time of year. The only time of year that almost breeds as much anger, frustration, and debate as the All-Star game (Thanks, Bud Selig).
I love turning on ESPN this time of year, only to hear the exact same arguments I have heard debated for the last decade:
“Should Interleague play be abolished?” “Is it fair that the Mets have to play the Yankees every year, while the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins do not?” “Which league is better?” “Should the designated hitter be abolished?” “Should the National League grow up, put down the Walkman, turn off the VHS, and adopt the designated hitter?” “Was George W. Bush a good president?”
Alright, I made up that last one, but every time I see interleague play I think of Bush Jr. because he was the only owner at the time to vote against interleague play. Maybe he saw all of this coming – the debates, the criticism, the uproar. Maybe he was just choking on another pretzel, and couldn’t raise his hand to vote “yes” for interleague play.
Either way one thing is for certain: Interleague play isn’t going anywhere. You know why? Because it’s a cash-cow.
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