2/10/13, "A Baseball City to Be Divided on Opening Day,
" NY Times, David Waldstein
“Nobody is particularly happy about it,” said Katy Feeney, Major League
Baseball’s senior vice president for scheduling and club relations. “But
it’s unlikely to happen again anytime soon.”
Normally, the Yankees and the Mets do not play at home at the same time,
on opening day or otherwise. There have been the occasional series when
both have played in New York at the same time, including last season.
According to Feeney, the simultaneous home openers resulted from several
factors. First, this is the first year with two leagues of 15 teams
each and the first year there will be an interleague game nearly every
day, causing some scheduling difficulties. That trend starts with the
Los Angeles Angels visiting the Cincinnati Reds on April 1 for the first
interleague opening day game.
The Mets-Yankees situation was also caused by a change in the date of
the All-Star Game, which is normally the second Tuesday in July. This
season it is scheduled for July 16, the third Tuesday of the month, and
when every other factor was taken into account, the only way to make it
all work was to have the Mets and the Yankees play at home on the same
day, Feeney said.