August 02, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Don’t spoil Series

I am a loyal baseball fan. Every winter I await the start of spring training, so I can evaluate my favorite teams. As October nears, and teams are amidst exciting pennant races, I determine my own opinion on who is the best team in baseball, along with millions of other fans.

The World Series is the ultimate match for baseball lovers. It’s when the best National League team and the best American League team meet for the first time to determine exactly who is the best team in the game. But with the affirmative vote by baseball owners last Friday for interleague play in 1997, I fear the excitement of these seven games will only become memories of my childhood.

Each regular season, I cheer on my favorite NL and AL teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox. I dream of the ideal World Series, the Braves vs. the Red Sox. I wonder whether David Justice would be able to drive Tim Wakefield’s knuckle ball out of the park, or if he would strike out.

Would four-time consecutive Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux be able to stop Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco? This is all part of the passion of the World Series baseball fans share.

Interleague play would remove this from the game of baseball. Everyone would know who was the best team, and there would be stats to prove it. The World Series would merely become a longer game series at the end of the season. Acting Commissioner Bud Selig said that fans are overwhelmingly in favor of interleague play. Well, I know of at least one who isn’t. Stephanie Jenkins Age 15, Bangor


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