Last night during the later stages of the Yankees-Rockies affair, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton bantered about a possible change to the rules of interleague play. Singleton suggested that in AL parks pitchers should bat, and that in NL parks the DH should be employed. His argument was that this would expose fans to alternative rules, and both Singleton and Kay agreed that this was a very good idea, that it would (I paraphrase) "allow fans to decide which they liked better". Maybe it was the thin air that brought this discussion on. Maybe it was the play of Kay and Singleton’s beloved Yankees that drove them to lunacy. So forget for the moment that most baseball fans don’t live in a vacuum and may know about the fact that in the NL pitchers bat and in the AL they don’t, and also forget for the moment that cable televison, satellite televison, the internets, and national saturation of baseball coverage gives fans access to broadcasts of games from both leagues, meaning that sheltered NL fans just might have seen that crazy thing called the "DH" in action, and that AL devotees just might have seen pitchers swing the lumber.
So imagine the chagrin of paying customers who come to a Fenway game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a game with the Braves, and suddenly realize that David Ortiz has been benched, that they might only see him as a pinch hitter if the need arises, that Julian Tavarez is taking cuts in BP, and that this has been done to give them the blessed opportunity to decide which rules "they like better".
Good thinking, guys.