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Interleague Play




I love interleague play and I would like to see more of it. I would like the Tigers to play every NL team in a three-game series every year. I would like to see the DH in both leagues. Why have an automatic out? I'll tell you why I want more interleague games. A team can be a victim of a tougher schedule by playing more challenging NL teams than another team and lose the division because of that but by having them play all the teams it would equalize it. Also not all Tiger fans live in Detroit. The closest AL City to Bountiful, Utah, where I live, is either Seattle or Oakland. We're taking about a two hour flight each way. Denver, where the Rockies are is about a 45 minute flight away. I am not the only Tiger fan outside of Detroit. Last year when I attended a three-game series at Coors Field there were a lot of Tiger fans. I'd say about one-third of the fans for Tiger fans. There were some who flew in from Detroit but a lot who didn't. There were Tiger fans from Wyoming and Montana. We aren't all Rockies fans here. I see baseball hats from a lot of AL Teams: Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Tigers and these fans have an opportunity to make the 45 minute flight to Denver to watch there teams as long as we have interleague play and the Rockies play these team. I would like games with the Tigers in Colorado more often.

It is not easy being a Tiger fan in Utah. I was a Tiger fan in Alaska and a Tiger fan in Washington State. In Alaska in the 1960s I only got to see the Tigers in the WS. These games were played and a video tape was put on a Boeing jet in Seattle and flown up to Anchorage so we could see the game on our black and white TVs the next day. I'd get to see the last couple innings of a game when I got home from school. I even watched the last couple innings of Game 4 of the 1968 WS even though I knew the Tigers lost 10-1. Watching the Tigers was a big treat for me.

When I moved to Seattle several years later I thought, "Oh good there's major league baseball! Now I can watch the Tigers." At that time a team played a team in it's own division 13 times and 12 times in the the other division--6 at home and 6 away. A lot of Mariner fans complained about the Kingdome and "Who wants to watch the Brewers(or whoever) for six games every year?" I heard complaints from Tiger fans--"The Tigers shouldn't be playing each AL West team 12 times." For me the schedule was good--it was 6 games I got to attend and 6 games at home that I got to see on TV.

I was listening to a show about the Tigers and this awful interleague play. Someone commented they'd rather have more games against the Red Sox and Yankees instead of these interleague games.

Are you kidding? I love to see the Tigers play the Cubs. I would not want more games again the Red Sox and Yankees. How did the Tigers do against the Yankees? They didn't even win a series against them this season. And the Red Sox? How long has it been since the Tigers won a season series against the Red Sox? Last year the Tigers won once against them--the same thing in 2009. More games against the Yankees and Red Sox would result in more losses--besides I'm pretty tired of the Red Sox and Yankees.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the <em>Bless You Boys</em> writing staff.

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