Last August, I was able to tour this beautiful country with my American Fiddle Rock band Lexington Field.  After almost four weeks on the road we rolled into Seattle to play one of our last shows on tour.  The city, the ocean, and just the overall atmosphere made me feel like I was home again.  It was one of my favorite stops on the tour and it could be a place I would want to live someday.  And now…I understand the rivalry!

Can it stand the test of time?

Can it stand the test of time?

The dreaded rivalry Major League Baseball has forced upon us.  San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners.  I get it.  Both are harbor cities.  Both have a laid back attitude.  Both have killer seafood.  And both baseball teams have been breaking the hearts of their fans for years!   When Houston moved over to the American League this year, Interleague play all of sudden became interesting.  We don’t just have to wait for a few weeks in May and June, we get it all season long.  They also established a rivalry week where a team is matched up with their “rival” for 4 games (2 home & away).  From May 27 to May 30, the interleague rivals will battle it out.  We will be fighting for the Vedder Cup (explained by many Padres blogs of the past).   You need consistency to establish tradition.  Making the leagues have the same amount of teams, adding a locked in rivalry week, and having a fair rotation of interleague contests, like the NFL, will help baseball market and strengthen these cross league rivalries.

Here is a list of the natural rivals set by MLB:
Arizona vs. TexasA new matchup caused by the Houston move.  Both extremely hot summer places.  A southwest future classic.
Colorado vs. HoustonAnother new matchup. For all the National League purists in Houston, this is your concession prize.
Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles of AnaheimFreeway Series
San Diego vs. SeattleVedder Cup
San Francisco vs. OaklandBay Bridge Series

Chicago vs. ChicagoCrosstown Classic
Cincinnati vs. ClevelandOhio Cup
Detroit vs. PittsburghTwo industrial Midwest towns grinding it out on the field. They should call it the Dirty Series.
Milwaukee vs. MinnesotaFormer Divisional foes now battle it out for top Scandinavian honors
St. Louis vs. Kansas CityI-70 Series (I drove that freeway, lots of corn, that’s about it)

Atlanta vs. TorontoMemories of the 1992 World Series fuel this rivalry.  Other than that, one of the least relevant ones.
Miami vs. Tampa BayCitrus Series
New York vs. New YorkSubway Series
Philadelphia vs. BostonI will call this the Patriot Series.  Two cities instrumental in creating America and hence giving us our past-time.
Washington vs. BaltimoreBeltway Series

If there is one place I would want to live outside San Diego, Seattle is tops on my list.  Let’s embrace the Vedder Cup!  Rivalries makes things interesting and so many times by the end of May, Padres baseball is lacking interest.  Not anymore, Seattle is coming to town.  We need to sweep the series this year to even up the overall record (41-45 so far).  Bring it on King Felix and your questionable $175 million elbow!

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