It’s no contest in inter-league

Jun 12, 2007 4:19 AM

As quickly as the first round of inter-league play proved nothing but parity, the second round proved that cream rises to the top, as the American League teams reverted to their last season’s performance by dominating the National League teams with an astonishing high victory ratio.

Led by 3-0 sweeps by the Yankees and the A’s, the American League won about two out of every three games played. I believe that this trend will continue throughout this month, and those of us that may wager on baseball should seriously consider the American League or pass. This is an edge for us, as the home Nationals in most cases will be favorites.

The totals from last week fell seven winners to four losers, with one push. Not bad. One more good week and I’m going to get an "800 number." That a joke, Dave! Next weekend’s totals match up shows three overs, which will be the Tigers at Phillies, Mets at Yankees and the Rangers at the Reds.

The under I’d consider will be the hapless White Sox at the Pirates. Look for the best number, as the lines will get tighter as more inter-league games are played.

As I watched the Blue Jays-Dodger game Saturday night, I was amazed at how boring a baseball game could be. I know the baseball purists would say that a 1-0 game is the true test of efficiency in the sport, but for me I like a little excitement in my life, or I’d become a devoted soccer fan, which I’m surely not.

However, I was reminded of how much fun I used to have at that ballpark in the late ”˜60s. A group of degenerates, myself included, used to sit in the right field bleachers and play foul balls with our leader, a guy named Maynard.

The bet was quite simple: you put up $5 that the batter would foul off a pitch during his at bat, and if he did you get $11 back, if not you blow your $5. Maynard also had props on ground outs, fly outs, reaching base, score this half inning and almost any other thing you can imagine connected with the game, but the majority of the best were on foul balls.

My hero was the Dodger center fielder at the time, a man by the name of Willie Davis. Willie was fleet of foot, but could never catch up to a good fast ball at the plate. So he indeed was a superstar for our game.

One time he fouled 11 consecutive pitches in the same at bat, and certainly made my hall of fame for that achievement alone. Finally he swung and missed a curve ball in the dirt, and we all yelled "Get a job, you bum." Ah, fun at the old ball park.

Just a note to all the male chauvinists out there: a beautiful lady can beat a handsome man any time, especially if she’s running in the Belmont Stakes!