Posted at 9:51 AM on June 9, 2005
by Bob Collins
I have access to just about every Major League Baseball game on TV every night, but I usually don't watch games other than those I have a vested interest in. That is: a team I regularly follow or a matchup of players I own in fantasy baseball.
So interleague play, as it's developed, is not negated -- at least to me -- by familiarity. This point was brought home while watching the Padres play Cleveland last night.
I knew Khalil Greene was a heck of a player; mostly because it seemed a lot of guys wanted to draft him in an APBA league I used to run and I'd never heard of him. That was three years ago. But I never actually watched him play until the last two nights.
This was not the first spectacular play I've seen Greene turn this week. In the same game last night, he ranged behind third, in left field and still threw a guy out by several steps.
That's what interleague play should do. Now, I posited that theory today on a bulletin board and a colleague said, "but it reduces interleague play to an exhibition."
Baseball, by its very definition is an exhibition because it's an entertainment medium. All you have to do is look at the road attendance of teams relative to their winning percentage to see that the fans have said that.
"sickest double play" -- wow, Bob I didn't know you were that hip!
Maybe you've gotten an overdose of Harold Reynolds.
Honestly. I picked it up from American Chopper. I also notice I'm saying "beeeeeeeeeeeep" more often now.