Interleague Matchups – Rivalry week isn’t just about traditional cross-state rivals like the Cards-Royals, Reds-Indians, or fights between regional fan bases like Giants-Athletics, or Orioles-Nationals. They aren’t even all battles between two teams sharing a city like the Yankees-Mets, Dodgers-Angels, Cubs-White Sox. Some don’t even have forced monikers for their rivalries, like the Subway Series, the Freeway Series, or the Citrus Series (Marlins-Rays). Only one features former division foes, Twins-Brewers.
That doesn’t mean the rest of the series aren’t worthy of watching, or don’t have something of value at stake. In 2013, many other rivalries will begin a new chapter:
Pirates-Tigers: “The Battle for Jim Leyland’s Soul”
Rockies-Astros: “The Battle Between Two Teams Which Are Clearly Expansion Teams, Wait What’s That, Really? Since When? Wow.
Phillies-Red Sox: Two teamslargely defined by their fan bases in “The Clash of the Brash”, because I couldn’t find a word that rhymed with ‘obnoxious’.
Braves-Blue Jays: This is just an abomination, if any city gets to represent America against Canada, it should be Denver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA
Rangers-Diamondbacks: Rafael Palmiero, Juan Gonzalez, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, Troy Glaus… the neutral site for this matchup will be Gold’s Gym.
Padres-Mariners: Both of these cities had successful Pacific Coast League teams displaced in favor of Major League in 1969. Interesting fact: since their disbanding, both minor league teams have won just as many world series as the Padres and Mariners.