It’s been awhile, so now it’s time for a sports post! Prepare yourselves for some wild insight into my sports mentality as I lay down why I like or dislike certain baseball clubs. Sure there are my favorite teams (Cubs and Dodgers), but there are some teams that I like to see do well and there are some that I like to see fall on their face. I did a post similar to this with college football and managed to draw some well deserved (though very tactful) ire. So, here’s to another round of it!
Teams I like: Well growing up in an area with no professional teams at all (at the time), WGN was my window into baseball. Also, for some reason my brother liked the Dodgers, so I did too. But with WGN and Harry Carey and Steve Stone, I grew to love the Cubbies. So I hold those two teams close to my heart. My grandfather was an avid baseball fan and Reds fan, so I like to see them do well also (even though they are in the Cubs division). I’m not a big AL fan because of the DH, but Detroit has some sweet uni’s, so believe it or not…I pull for them too. They’re my AL team…I guess. Again, growing up the only two teams that could be remotely associated with the area were the Braves and the Orioles and Eddie Murray’s semi-fro and Cal Ripken Jr. were enough for me to have a soft spot for the O’s.
Teams I dislike: This category changes a bit because I tend to loathe successful teams (I know its a self-curse and does wonders to limit my smack-talking ability). To this day I am regretful that somewhere in my heart I actually wanted the BoSox to win the Series in ’04…UGH! What was I thinking??? I, like the Bush administration, underestimated the tenacity of my opponents. I am sick of ALL Boston sports teams! There were no BoSox or Patriots gear to be seen a few years ago and now we’re choking on it! Granted, if you’re from Boston or Mass. then you get a pass because you’re supposed to pull for the home team, that’s well and good. But bandwagon fans are late to the show and somehow manage to get the full dose of arrogance! I Dislike the Yanks too. That’s like pulling for the homecoming king to score a date with the head cheerleader. The over-hyped BoSox/Yanks rivalry is sickening too.
Can’t stand the Braves! Sutton-I’m sorry for that, you are from the GA, so you are a true fan and I admire all true fans. The rest however, probably never watched a single Dale Murphy-era game when the Braves stunk! One worst-to-first season and BAM! Bandwagon!
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in San Francisco via Duluth in Minneapolis-St. Paul…I fart in your general direction! California wasn’t enough, Anaheim wasn’t good enough, now I see LA on the score crawl and I get excited until I realize that it’s LAA and not LAD…Such a pain! Vlad Guerrero is an awesome hitter though…props must go out. Florida Marlins…your fanbase stinks and you knocked my Cubbies out of the NLCS. For a club to buy two World Series, their homefield outfield seats have never felt the warmth of a fan’s…well you know. Has anyone ever seen a Sportscenter highlight of a Marlins homegame that had fans in the outfield? I bet there are dozens of homerun balls piled up under the seats against the outfield wall…waiting to be picked up. And of course, as a Dodgers afficionado…I loathe the Giants. Barry Bonds does nothing to dissuade that attitude.
Teams I respect: Kansas City Royals…I mean…they’re the Royals, loyal fans, sorry team, but they keep at it. Opening day was special this year after they waylaid the BoSox! Cleveland Indians…props to you and any Cleveland sports team. Talk about rough history, but loyal fans! St. Louis…even though they ares supposed to be the Cubbies hated enemies, I think that draws from inter-city rivalries, and not being a Chicagoan, I just don’t get it. St. Louis has great fans and is a quintessential baseball (second to New York).
So there it is…feel free to bash me in the comments and let me know who you like/dislike/loathe/respect!