I’ve read a lot of blog posts and heard pronouncements from broadcasters that the Subway Series has become a lame, contrived rivalry. I do agree that the Mets and Yankees series itself isn’t the heated rivalry that we looked forward to in 1997.
But every year I look forward to seeing some of the stars of Major League Baseball that I don’t normally get to see. It’s a 162 game season, so there’s plenty of games to deal with the National League East “traditional” rivalries.
For example, last season I couldn’t wait for the Twins to come to town to get a look at Johan Santana and Torii Hunter. Little did I know that Santana would soon become a Met, but the interest was there on my part. I wasn’t thrilled that Santana threw a four-hit shutout against the Mets but it was fun getting to see one of the best pitchers in the game.
The argument that I’m hearing against inter-league play is that there’ll be no juice when the Mets play the Rangers, Mariners, and Angels next month. The teams have no natural rivalry being in different leagues and disparate locations. That’s the argument that I disagree with. I’m looking forward to seeing Ichiro, Felix Hernandez, Erik Bedard, Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero, and Ervin Santana. Why wouldn’t I? I’m a baseball fan! I hope that the Mets go up against King Felix, Bedard, and Santana. I want to see the best players in the game.
In my opinion, watching these games is no different than seeing the Mets play the Brewers or Padres. There’s no rivalry there either, even though the Mets are in the same league.
I consider myself somewhat of a baseball purist. I hate the designated hitter. It ruins the strategy of the game. But I have to admit that Major League Baseball got some changes right. The playoff wild card is an undisputed success. I’ve never heard one baseball fan that didn’t agree with that. Now it’s time to admit that they got inter-league play right too.