I am stuck in a difficult situation. I don’t know who to cheer for this baseball post season. I was raised to be a New York Yankees fan thanks to my lovely parents from New Jersey. There are no regrets there. But you see, by some cruel twist of fate, the Yankees were removed from the post season this year. At least we had a chance, unlike some “other teams” who suffered catastrophic meltdowns of historic proportions and had to make tee times a little earlier this year. But I digress.
So who does a Yankees fan in Texas cheer for? The obvious choice would be to root for the Texas Rangers. But in doing so you are relegated to the second coming of the bandwagon fans. We all know that the Red Sox have had the biggest amount of bandwagon fans since they won that World Series a few years back, but these Texans are hungry to have a shot at the king of bandwagoners. A lot of people try to argue that the Yankees have a lot of bandwagon fans, but I would tend to disagree. The Yankees have a large amount of fans who don’t really care about the team, but they are always there. It’s just a large mass of year in year out BAD fans, not bandwagon fans. The bandwagon comes and goes.
The second choice would be to cheer for the Tigers, the team that dealt the death knell to your favorite team. This way you can at least say, “We got beat by the eventual World Series Champions”? (As if saying that phrase has ever cheered anyone up). No, this simply will not do.
So now must I step into some lower level of hell, and cheer for a National League team? I’m not even sure what to think about that whole half of baseball only I’m pretty sure they aren’t as American as the rest of the majors. I mean, who do they think they are making the pitchers try to hit? We all know that they can’t, so save them the embarrassment and let them do what they’re paid to do: throw a little ball 60.5 ft.
I don’t even know what to say about the Cardinals. I literally don’t know anything about their team except that they have Albert Pujols, and that his name is essentially a punchline to any joke you could think of. Pass.
The Brewers are an interesting team to watch if not only for the antics of one player, Nyjer Morgan, who has an alternate personality, Tony Plush, he goes into for post game interviews (an example can be seen here if you’re curious: http://youtu.be/wTXU5jiICtw). They also have Prince Fielder who is a jolly looking fellow with a pretty exquisite hair & beard combo, not to mention good family ties to the game. If I had to cheer for any one team, I guess these guys win by default.
In the end, I’m right back to where I knew I would end up: Hoping for some improved pitching acquisitions in the off-season, an injury free pre-season, and cheering for next year like fans of the other 25 teams no longer playing.
One wish has come true so far though: at least the NBA season looks to be all but over. One less Dallas bandwagon filled season to endure through.