Trust me on this one, unless asked, nobody in the Mets’ clubhouse is talking about the Yankees.
“I’d rather not play them,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “To me, interleague play has run its course.”
Players and managers from both teams this week, of course, will say it’s great for the fans, but aren’t many of those fans ones with corporate connections? They say those things because they think that’s what you want to hear.
Truth it, Randolph is right. Interleague play has run its course. Actually, it never should have had a course. Most players hate it, and believe the Subway Series is more trouble than its worth.
Major League Baseball will point to sellouts this weekend at Shea and later at Yankee Stadium, and mention the Cubs and White Sox. But, truth is, outside those four teams and maybe the ones in LA, it’s not that big a deal.
More than half the teams don’t have what you’d call a natural rival.
Even so, Major League Baseball will come out with all sorts of attendance figures this weekend, but it is bogus. Some teams, with their taxpayer-built stadiums, sell out anyway, so how can you differentiate between an interleague sellout and a regular one?
And, when you’re hearing these attendance numbers don’t forget the weather is getting better and we’re talking the weekend, when kids aren’t in school. When we talk crowds for Reds and Royals in the middle of the week in April, I’ll listen.
Until then, you can make the figures read anything you want.
Let’s put it this way. If interleague play were anything but a gimmick, then why not have it all the time? If the public were really interested in seeing teams from the other league, then why don’t they schedule it that way all the time?
The supposed argument for interleague play is it provides a gate spike for the bottom feeders, teams like Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Florida.
Just wondering, but how did the Yankees and Red Sox playing in Montreal help the Expos?
Personally, I’d rather see them bag interleague and go with a balanced schedule, where every team plays every other team the same number of times. That is a true, fair schedule.
They way it worked for over 100 years before baseball started this nonsense.
And, it will always be nonsense.