The scourge of baseball is back again in Philadelphia.
I’m not talking about the designated hitter (although that is a close second) as the thing that is attempting to ruin our precious game. I’m talking about the hare-brained idea that Allan Selig came up with many years ago, the dreaded interleague play. Yes, the Phillies have already partcipated this year, sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays back in April, but this weekend’s tilt against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays has a little more juice to it. With the Phillies only a 1⁄2 game back of the Atlanta Braves, even this early in the season, we as fans are looking for a series win to keep the pressure on. Could we even gasp take over first place by Sunday evening?!?!?! It remains to be seen, but that’s not why we’re here.
I’m a baseball purist. I hate the DH, but even more than that, I despise interleague play. I believe in the sanctity of the World Series, where two teams that have never had the chance to play each other during the season meet to determine a champion. When Selig forced interleague play upon the fans, he was doing so after the strike in the hopes that seeing teams from the other league would draw more people to the ballpark. It worked at the start, but now, not so much. I know it needs to exist because of how baseball has set itself up (don’t even get me started on the Astros being an American League team now), but I still hate it nonetheless.
That brings me to this week’s topic: what are your thoughts on interleague play? Are you a fan of it? If so, why? What teams/players do you like coming to Citizens Bank Park? If you are not a fan, why not? Are you a purist as well, or is there another reason for your venom?
As always, write up your thoughts in the FanPost section, found here. If we see one that we really like, we’ll put it up on the main page. Happy writing!