PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Among the annoying minutiae baseball geeks obsess over -- the infield fly rule, the designated hitter, the game's increasing turn toward statistics and away from intangibles -- the subject of interleague play inspires some of the most unbearable debate in the sports world.To a certain sniveling, whiny, perpetually unhappy portion of baseball's fan populace, 1997 was the year Major League Baseball died. By mandating that teams from the league's American League play teams from its National League -- meaning by forcing professional baseball franchises to play each other -- baseball somehow besmirched the purity of the game. You see, having teams from each "league" (they haven't actually been separate leagues since 2000) play during the regular season instead of existing in completely arbitrary groups that couldn't face each other until the World Series turned the world upside down for people who care about such things and made them even crankier about anomalies such as a tie in the 2002 All-Star Game that led to the outcome of said game deciding home-field advantage in the World Series.
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