Happy 10th Birthday

This year Major League Baseball is celebrating the 10th anniversary of interleague play, and tonight, the Mets and Cubs and Yankees and White Sox are honoring the occasion by waiting through seemingly interminable rain delays so they can complete scheduled games in front of dozens of wet and/or drunken fans. This is necessary because, in order to squeeze the interleague games into the teams' schedules, intraleague, intradivision opponents like the Cubs and Mets typically visit each other's parks only once during the season, i.e., they can't make up the rainouts on a subsequent trip to town since there is none.

This is just one reason I hate interleague play. Another is the way it devalues the All-Star Game and the World Series. Finally, there is the fact that interleague play is a sin against God and Nature.

I also hate when the Cubs are scheduled to play teams better than themselves. I believe an example of that is playing out tonight and Thursday, as the Cubs complete their visit to Shea Stadium and the seven-game Philadelphia/New York road trip. At the moment, the Cubs are being one-hit by Jorge Sosa. It took Rich Hill 113 pitches to get through six innings, during which he allowed four runs, seven hits, and four walks. And now Neal Cotts is facing a two-on, none-out problem in the home seventh.

I wish it had kept raining.


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