Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Trip to Big Apple is big history

Cincinnati's trip to the Big Apple this week will be one that no other major league team has ever done.

According to STATS LLC, the Reds’ two series in New York vs the Mets (Wed-Thurs) and Yankees (Fri-Sun) will mark the seventh time since Interleague play began in 1997 that a visiting team will play consecutively both Major League teams in a shared market.

The following is the list of instances in which such a feat has occurred:

2012 Reds…………….at Mets, at Yankees
2009 Padres……….at Dodgers, at Angels
2009 Pirates……….at White Sox, at Cubs
2007 Astros……….at White Sox, at Cubs* (1-game makeup from postponement)
2001 Rockies……….at Athletics, at Giants
1999 Mariners…….at Angels, at Dodgers
1998 Mariners…… Giants, at Athletics

By my calculations, the Redlegs will be the first team in history to play back-to-back series' in New York City against two different MLB teams. File that one away in your memory fellow baseball fanatics, because it will make for a great trivia or scoreboard stumper question in the future.

However, there will be at least one member of the team who won't be enjoying their stay in the Bronx -- skipper Dusty Baker.

“You don’t sleep in New York, even when you just go to your room. There is noise. Doors slamming all day and night. People coming in at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning. Nobody in the town sleeps. You’ve got sirens and horns. You don’t sleep. The second thing is, when you leave New York, you think somebody broke in your room and stole some money because you are always coming up light. It’s true, I’m on the 52nd floor checking my windows. I remember the first time I went there, I had a burger, fries and a drink and it was $20…I ate it slower. I enjoyed every bite.”

Let's hope the Reds can escape the city with some wins, some sleep and some reasonably-priced cheeseburgers.

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