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The 2014 Postseason: My Rooting Interests

My Mariners aren't in it, My Twins (Au revoir, Gardy) aren't in it, Those Who Suck aren't in it, but that doesn't mean I don't have rooting interests. I'm a baseball fan: I always have rooting interests.

Yesterday, The New York Times, without a team in it, created its list of teams to root for. It's not a bad list but weighted way too heavily on how much the city suffers independent of baseball. Plus (per New York) they don't count World Series appearances, only championships. The Wall Street Journal actually outdid them, coming up with a list of teams to root against. Now we're talking! Its methodology is better, too, including not only pennants and payroll and $100 million-plus contracts, but “Excessive beards” (Sorry, SF) and “Are fans routinely labeled 'best in baseball'?” (Sorry, St.L.). 

Here's mine: from the root-root-rootiest to the go-home-alreadys:

  1. Kansas City Royals: Twenty-nine years without a postseason? You kidding me? How can you not root for these guys? Plus only two World Series apperances, and just one title in its history. But it's mostly those 29 years. Amazing they have any fans left.
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates: No title since 1979, “When Sid Slid,” then dregs for decades. First postseason since '92 last season. Plus the more McCutchen, the better. 
  3. Washington Nationals: Only one of two franchises that have never been to the World Series. If they make it, it might make the other one so embarrassed they'll do something about it. 
  4. Baltimore Orioles: Haven't won, or been, since '83. ALCS in '96 and '97 but got beat by Cleveland in the latter and Jeffrey Maier in the former.
  5. Detroit Tigers: Can someone please get Michael (sic) Cabrera a ring, please? (sic)
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers: Yeah, I know, they ended the Yankees 15-year streak as the team with the highest payroll in baseball. But who doesn't want to see Kershaw, Puig, et al., in the big game? Or Vin Scully for that matter. Haven't been, or won, since '88. 
  7. Oakland A's: Billy Beane. Scrappy. Low payroll. Haven't been since '90, when they lost in 4 to Lou's crew. Lou's other crew. 
  8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, West Coast, USA, North America, World, Universe. If you wanna get Stephen Dedalus about it. Last won in 2002. The only time they ever went. 
  9. San Francisco Giants: Last won in 2012. Time before that? 2010. Not exactly hurting. 
  10. St. Louis Cardinals: Last went? 2013. Last won? 2011. Before that? 2006. Before that? 2004. It's probably the best-run organization in baseball. Boooooooooo! 

So I guess my ideal Series would be KC-Pittsburgh. (Somewhere, network executives cringe.) But I wouldn't mind a Beltway Series, either. (Somewhere, network execs brighten.) Mostly, though, I want to see some Game 7s. (Somewhere, network execs smile.)

Who are you rooting for?

My AL rooting interests:

2014 American League teams in the postseason

My NL rooting interests:

2014 National League teams in the postseason

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Posted at 02:40 PM on Tue. Sep 30, 2014 in category Baseball  

COMMENTS

Tim wrote:

I'm not far off form your rankings, though after KC it's hard to care much in the AL. Go Pirates.....

Comment posted on Tue. Sep 30, 2014 at 04:38 PM

NickBob wrote:

Thanks for this. I was having a difficult time justifying my rooting against my team prior to '76 and for those midwesterners, but this does the trick. Except....
Baltimore? The guys who killed us in '97? Booooo!
Pittsburgh? Home to the Stealers? Booooo!
Washington? The franchise stolen from the fans in Montreal, a la the Brewers and the Plunder? Booooo! (Also LA, SF, and yes Oakland)
Damn, this harder than it looks.

Comment posted on Wed. Oct 01, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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