Hooters...I tend not to get too excited over the prospect of interleague baseball. In fact, I’d wish they’d get rid of it entirely.  While the baseball fan in me is glad to have the opportunity to see Oakland play at Shea in July, I still find the whole affair rather impractical. And when I find myself agreeing with Chipper Jones, it’s worth exploring. 

It is difficult not to wonder how much of an impact these interleague games have on the final standings. If the Braves miss the playoffs by a game or two, I feel that they would have a legitimate gripe. As would the Mets, since they inexplicably are scheduled to play the Yankees, Tigers, Twins and Athletics – the four teams that made the playoffs in the AL in 2006. Combined with their usual NL schedule, the Mets are the only team in baseball to have to play seven of the eight playoff teams from a season ago. The only reason why they don’t play all eight is, well, they’re the eighth.  

Leeeett the eeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaggggle sooooooaaaaaarrr...While I must admit that my fondest memory of watching a game at Shea remains the July 10, 1999 game against the Yankees when Matt Franco singled to bring  home the tying and winning runs off of Mariano Rivera with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, it’s a short-term gratification when viewed through the context of an entire baseball season. Would I turn in my experience of that game if it meant that the Mets would make the playoffs? Absolutely, I would.  

As ESPN’s Rob Neyer wrote in his blog on Monday, even the financial benefits to doing this are limited. Neyer points to an MLB press release from 2006 that announced the results of the season’s interleague play. It reads:

“The average Interleague attendance of 34,097 is 15.5 percent higher than the intraleague average of 29,520 per game thus far in the 2006 season. The 2006 Interleague average is up 3.4 percent over last year’s Interleague average of 32,985 fans per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague Play has drawn 13.2 percent more fans than intraleague games. Interleague Play has averaged 32,842 fans per game, compared to the intraleague average of 29,023 fans per game during the same time.”

CAW!So roughly speaking, that’s 5,000 more attendees in 2006 for the interleague games. What this report fails to point out is on what days of the week these games took place. Looking back at the Mets’ 2006 schedule, I found that 12 of the 15 interleague games that took place fell on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Should we be surprised, then, that the Mets had better attendance during these games? Knowing this, is interleague play still financially beneficial? If not, then is this unbalanced schedule within divisions merited?

37 Responses to “It’s Interleague Time! Let the Defense/Criticisms Begin!”

  1. Nick Kapur says:

    I’ve always been against interleague play, from the start.

    Having two leagues that *never* played against each other except in the All-Star game and the World Series was one of the quirky things that made baseball different from other sports.

    People wonder why nobody cares about the All-Star game anymore, but the answer is clearly, interleague play. I even think it takes away (just a bit) from the mistique of the World Series.

    I mean, it used to be that two teams who had possibly never even played each other ever were facing off for the championship. Now, they might have just played each other back in June.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    Interleague Play is clearly an abomination in the eyes of the baseball gods.

    Also, without whipping all those limp NL teams, the Red Sox would have finished under .500 last year.

  3. I was in a club suite at tonights game and was able too meet Jamie Kotsay and man can I say she is hot in person. The pictures don’t do justice

  4. Man, I must be the only one who thinks these women aren’t really anything special. They look like what most run of the mill good looking chicks look like these days, nothing more.

    Are we grading on a curve??

  5. toycop2199 says:

    what about mS alex rodriguez???? thats hot

  6. mrtauntaun says:

    The wives/girlfriends of the A’s and Giants have an annual softball game before one of their interleague games so the A’s wives-g/f face the Giants wives-g/f.

    The woman in the right of most of the photos (wearing the #3 jersey) is Alex Chavez, wife of third baseman Eric Chavez.

  7. Looks like they are keeping the trend with hot wives on the team down in Sactown. Rivercats wives were out last night at the game wearing their husbands jerseys. Putnams wife very girl next door cute. Meyers chic legs legs legs. Merlonis wife hot hot hot. Any chance on getting pictures of these girls??? Keep up the good work guys!!

  8. Wow, all the A’s wives are bottle-blondes. Er…classy.

  9. Michael Procton says:

    Welcome to the Braves, Mrs. Kotsay.

  10. She does exist..she was my college roommate and she also a nice person…not JUST HOT!!!

  11. Sarah Green says:

    Gina G, right on! In my opinion, it takes more than being “just hot” to be a truly hot baseball wife.

  12. I’m just kidding..I’m actually a blonde as well. sometimes I don’t know what I’m saying…

  13. Holy SH**! She Officially now is THE hottest wife in Baseball. Reason being; she doesn’t look all plastic like the rest of the trophy wives.

  14. I love Jamie

  15. lori wendt says:

    I think that jamie is very hot and a turn on. I don’t look at other women but, I just can’t help but wonder what she would be like. You know what i mean

  16. Any truth to the rumor they are now divorced?

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