Posted at 8:36 AM on June 7, 2005
by David Zingler
The Twins next 12 games come against the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants and Padres. Doesnít that sound weird? With Barry Bonds (more than) likely out when the Giants visit the Dome next week, the only moderately appealing match up is the 1965 World Series rematch in Los Angeles. But how many of us remember that? Or were even alive then?
Iím sure itís heresy to Mr. Collins, our resident curmudgeon, but what do you think of Interleague play?
Alright, I'll admit it. I pretended I was sick so I could stay home and watch the '65 World Series. They played day baseball back then, you know.
And Sam Mele was a New Englander so I was rooting for the Twins.
Re: interleague. I kinda liked the regional match-ups a couple of weeks ago and when I got the Twins '05 calendar at the end of last season, I was pretty stoked to see the Giants were coming to the Dome.
I still may go see them. There's actually a nice little story that you won't know about, David. (g) His name is Jason Ellison and to me he's the rookie of the year so far.
Want to take a wild guess at whose position he's playing?
Thanks for the tip Bob. I must have been spending too much time on the high profile stories like Matt Geurrier and the Twins bullpen catcher.
I hope to make it to a Giants and Padres game, it will be strange seeing them in the Dome as it was for the Mets last yr.
Think nothing of it. In all seriousness, Ellison is almost off the baseball radar, which happens to most players on the coasts. Nonetheless, I haven't seen another rookie hitter this year do much. Wonder if he'll get many R-O-Y votes.
Personally, I think interleague has really grown on me over the years. I like that we dont see the same teams every year too... the geographic rival thing could go away IMO, since it seems like it was only designed for yankees-mets, dodgers-angels and a few others.
though i agree with a growing number of people who advocate extending the novelty of IL by having the AL parks ditch the DH during IL and have it switch to NL parks. I think the novelty spices up a royals-rockies type series.
The trouble with the regional interleague rivalry is the White Sox-Cubs precludes the Twins-Cubs. MLB baseball wants to shove a rivalry with Milwaukee down our throats. Bleah.
But I think the Cubs-Twins could be a decent rivalry if only MLB would let it be.
Which they won't.
"...the only moderately appealing match up is the 1965 World Series rematch in Los Angeles"
The NL West leading San Diego Padres appreciate your consideration. ;-)