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Every year, it's probably worth a roll call to remind us all who is fer interleague play, and who is aginn it. If a majority starts to form, we can smoke out the dissenters as if we were a bunch of drunken Wisconsin senators. They won't be able to get a proper blog account for the rest of their life. Choose wisely.

The correct answer, of course, is that interleague play is good. For the most part, at least. I do get tired of playing the A's fifty times every season. The regional rivalry bit is definitely overplayed. But I like seeing teams that I don't usually get to see. I like seeing the Indians and the Rangers and the Orioles and the Royals. I really do. Every team has a player or two that's worth watching, and I don't have the time to watch MLB.tv all day because you cheap bastards won't pony up enough scratch to let me quit my day job. Sure, I'd probably play Call of Duty 4 all day instead of devoting time to the site, but that's beside the point.

This year's interleague match-ups prove that the format is worth the annoying aspects that come with it. The Giants open today against the White Sox. The catcher on this particular team is a chinless sub-human who deserves to be booed. He deserves worse, actually, but the booing part is our divinely ordained right. Giants fans deserve the right to boo A.J. Pierzynski so vigorously that he contemplates flying to Minneapolis, forcefully putting Joe Nathan in a gunnysack, and returning him to us. Pierzynski is personally responsible for the Giants not winning the world series in 2004. That isn't a conjecture based on hypotheticals, that's just science. Look in your heart; you know it's true.

And you interleague-loathers want to deprive me of my right -- my god-given right! -- to boo the crap out of A.J. Pierzynski? For shame. I thought this was America. I just hope you'll let me bring a cribbage board to the gulag

Interleague play: I'm fer it, and exactly for reasons like this. There are teams I want to watch the Giants play, and there are teams I want to see in person. That list of teams extends beyond the Phillies and Astros. The argument that it takes the mystique out of the World Series is weak, and it doesn't hold a candle to the possibility of interesting match-ups that would have previously been impossible to watch.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to Google the name of A.J. Pierzynski's sister.

Comment starter: Interleague play. Are you fer it, or aginn' it?