Interleague Intermission Starts Tonight

The last time a Dodger hit a home run at Boston it came off a young lefty named Babe Ruth. Hy Meyer was the Brooklyn outfielder that hit the inside the park drive and the Sox scored a run in the last of the 14th to win 2-1. That was October 2, 1916 and it was the second game of the World Series.

Almost 90 years later the Dodgers, Los Angeles version, make another appearance in Beantown on June 11-12-13.

And, for the first time since Jerry Reuss topped Ron Guidry in the 5th game of the 1981 World Series, the New York Yankees visit Dodger Stadium. On that glorious day, October 25, 1981, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager homered to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory a 3-2 series lead.

Love it or hate it, Interleague Play seems to be here to stay.

No sport celebrates its history better than baseball, and the introduction of interleague play in 1997 drew a firestorm of protest from traditionalists. But even the players, mostly uneasy with the concept, have accepted it if not embraced it.

Bud Selig insists that the popularity of interleague play will not fade even as the novelty does.

"It's not something that is going to wear off," Selig said. "It has been stunningly popular. It's not a gimmick. It's something that should have been done 40 or 50 years ago."

In a study commissioned by Major League Baseball, Selig said, more than 90% of fans approved of interleague play. But many are skeptical of how the poll was taken and who were asked the question.

However, like everyone else in big business, major league officials always read the bottom line first and, for the most part, the interleague matchups puts a charge into local attendance figures. So the Dodgers play Toronto, Boston, Baltimore and New York June 7-20, with huge crowds guaranteed at Dodger Stadium for the Yankee series the final three days of the interleague break