Interleague play, round 2

Interleague play returns, starting on Friday.
interleague.gif I have previously expressed my thoughts about it here. I still believe that it has run its course, and if we’re going to have continue to deal with it, then I still think some changes need to be made in order to keep interleague play fresh and interesting. I know a lot of baseball fans like it just as it is now; I am not one of them. Actually, it’s not that I don’t like it. I’m just over it. It’s just not that big a deal to me anymore.

This second round of interleague play differs greatly from round one for me personally, because it may just cause my brain to explode into lots of tiny pieces. Why? Because my two favorite teams will be playing each other next week. Yes, the Washington Nationals will play the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday — the 16th, 17th, and 18th.

yanksnatsbigapple.gifThis is a huge dilemma for me. It probably shouldn’t be, but it is. The reality of this series, most likely, is that the Yankees will sweep and not fall too far behind the Red Sox in the AL.East (assuming that they haven’t regained the lead by then). As a Yankees fan, that is exactly what I should be hoping for — a sweep of the Nationals. After all, the Yankees are battling the Red Sox, and the Blue Jays too, actually, for the division lead. The Nationals are dead last in the NL East, with the worst record in baseball (again).

But…I’m also a Nationals fan.

Taking at least 2 of 3 games at Yankee Stadium would be a tremendous shot in the arm for a struggling Nationals team. It might even be enough to boost them into an actual winning streak of more than just 3 games in a row! (The Nats have won 3 straight games only once this season.)

How could I possibly root for my home team to be swept?

How could I possibly root for my other team to lose any games when they’re in a tight battle for the top spot in their division?

The last — and only — time the Nationals and Yankees faced each other in interleague play was three years ago, also on June 16-18. The Yankees won the first game; the Nationals won the second game. In the third game, Chien-Ming Wang pitched extremely well for 8 innings. But in the bottom of the 9th, with the Yankees leading 2-1, Marlon Anderson singled, and then Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run. Final score: Nationals 3, Yankees 2. The celebration at home plate was immortalized in a mural above the Scoreboard Walk at Nationals Park.

Thumbnail image for 032908_033.jpgFor many Nationals fans, this victory over the Yankees (on Father’s Day), and this series win, is one of the highlights of the Nationals brief history in Washington. I wore a Yankees cap and a Nationals t-shirt to the first game, a Nats
cap and Yankees t-shirt to the second game…and a Redskins cap and
t-shirt to the third game. I was conflicted then, and I’m conflicted now.

AAAUUUUGGHHHH!!! What am I going to do???

7 Comments

You know what? The Nats will probably give both the Red Sox and the Yankees a run for their money during this round of interleague play.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Well, I hope your brain doesn’t explode, that could be really messy! It does sound like you have quite the quandary. I guess you could just look at it in the sense that no matter which team wins, it’s a team you like, so that’s a good thing. Or you could just sequester yourself for three days, and not think about the outcome. Hope it all works out for you!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! That’s funny, Julia. Thanks for the laugh! OK, I know I should think more positively…but I know how dreadful the Nationals can be against bad teams, much less very good ones. I think both of those series are going to be ugly ones for the Nats. But hey, I will be at Nationals Park for the entire Red Sox series. I guess I’m just a masochist.
Yes indeed, Sue, an exploding head could be quite messy. Perhaps I should wear a plastic bag on my head next week. :-D. You’re right — no matter which team wins, one of my teams will be successful. I guess I could just root for both teams…cheer each time someone on either team gets a hit. Oy. I’m already getting a headache.

Bad news, Shelley. Gabe Kapler just smacked a pinch-hit jack to put Tampa up 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th.
Par for the course…O death, where is thy sting???
Gary
http://go-nasty-nats.mlblogs.com
http://twitter.com/gonastynats

Yep, Gary…I saw the game. #&$% Joel Suckrahan and his 4th blown save!!! And I love Nick Johnson, but he deserves a thump on the head with his own glove for not catching that foul ball just before Kapler hit the home run.
Make it stop…please make it stop…….

Shelley, any chance you’ll come up to NY for the 6/17 Yanks-Nats game? I’ll be there and am having a signing beforehand. Would love to meet you.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

No, I can’t make it up to NY for the Nats series, Jane. :-( Wish I could…I’d love to meet you! I’ll be there next month for the Old Timers game though.

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