Now that Inter League Play has started for the first time this year... i was wondering who agrees with this practice of AL teams playing NL teams during the regular season in MLB?
When it first started a few seasons ago, i was excited b/c it brought new and interesting matchups to the table- intra-state teams being able to play against each other (cubs-white sox, yankees-mets, dodgers-angels, etc..) classic but forgotten rivalries renewed- and a general change-up from the tedious 162 game schedule...
Now, however i find myself siding with the traditionalist in thinking the inter-league scheduling has run its course! It creates unbalanced schedules that will favor certain division teams over a rival. For example- the Phillies have consectutive series against Seattle, Oakland, and Anaheim- then 3 more Boston- Atlanta- Boston... whereas the Braves (in 1st place get Texas, Baltimore and Tampa Bay). I'm sure there are other examples all over the placein MLB- and normally i would say so what as long as i am entertained- but invariably after 162 games, the season always comes down to the last few games- and these inter-league games, though lost in the middle of the season- hvae a direct impact on the final outcome at the end of the season!