Here are three reasons why. And, really, this is just one reason bent three different ways:Yeah, and Tuesdays with Morrie sold 11 million copies, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suck.
• In Cincinnati on Saturday, 42,023 fans crammed into Great American Ball Park to see the Reds host the cross-state Indians. It was the Reds' second sellout of the season, their first since Opening Day.
• In Arlington, Texas on Saturday, 38,534 saw the Rangers dump the cross-state Astros. It was the Rangers' second-biggest crowd of the year, behind their home opener against the Orioles.
• In all, some 631,458 fans rolled through the turnstiles for Saturday's 15 interleague games (and one National League leftover), the sixth-largest ticket sales day in baseball history.
Despite the protestations of traditionalists, interleague play is sticking around because it is an unqualified hit with a huge majority of fans. And that means it's a money-maker for the clubs.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I Can Still Bitch About It, Though
SI's John Donovan explains why interleague play isn't going anywhere: