Seattle and San Diego: two beautiful port cities anchoring the western corners of America, whose names both begin with an S.
You may not be aware – and this will get to a point, I promise – but for all their similarity, Major League Baseball declared the Mariners and Padres interleague rivals, like the Cubs and White Sox; Giants and Athletics; Mets and Yankees. If you ever hear someone complain that public transportation in this country sucks, do remind him that we have a Subway Series 1,500-miles long.
You might imagine that MLB declared the teams rivals because they share a Spring Training facility, Seattle is something like the most church-free city in the country while the Padres are friars, or they ran out of teams that made sense to match up (such as the Cubs and White Sox; Giants and Athletics; Mets and Yankees).
But you would be wrong: the Mariners and Padres are rivals because their respective cities are rivals.
The two have much to bicker over: Northwest vs. Southeast. Beautiful summer vs. Beautiful weather year-round. Canadian drug problems vs. Mexican drug problems. Baseball and football and futbol vs. Baseball and football.
And now, firework debacles. Earlier this evening, San Diego took the bitter rivalry to the next level:
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