Friday, October 10, 2008

Throwing It All Behind the Rays

I'm sitting here right now trying to watch the NLCS Game Two between the Phillies and the Dodgers, but I may have to turn off the TV pretty soon. The Phillies just scored four runs in the second inning, and have taken the lead. Of the twenty things I hate this most in this world, two of them just occurred.

1) A massive cheer from a Philadelphia crowd.

2) Any Shane Victorino sighting.

I'm not one of those guys that want the Phillies to win the World Series so that we, as Brewers fans, can say we lost to the eventual world champions. I'm one of those guys that wants to see them get absolutely destroyed, so that they can feel the same pain and agony that we felt. That's why I'm actively rooting for the Dodgers in this series.

But in the end, I'm watching these playoffs for one reason, and that is the Tampa Bay Rays. I've mentioned it before that the Rays are my number two team to root for in baseball. I don't see any conflict with rooting for the Rays, as they are in the American League, and they gave us Seth McClung.

I'm often questioned as to why I like the Rays, and my reasons are nothing special. I went two Rays game back in 2004 when my family was vacationing in Tampa. They were playing the Red Sox, and we got to see Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield pitch. The first game we went to was also B.J. Upton's first game in the bigs.

The Rays were a crappy team, but we had fun at the game, so I decided to throw my weight behind them. Through the years, I have worn Devil Rays and the Rays apparel, and I even had a cup from the game on my desk at work. I've always been kind of annoying about how I like the Rays, because when they became good (as they are now), I didn't want people to think I was jumping on the bandwagon.

I'm not sure who you are rooting for, but I see no problem with getting behind a team for the rest of the playoffs. Torre and Manny make the Dodgers a good choice. If you are an eternal frat-boy, then you can root for Boston like my buddy Collin. If you're looking for a team, I suggest the Rays. And if you never want to be allowed into Miller Park again, then why not root for the Phillies.

The main thing here is that even though the Brewers season has ended, I'm not ready for the baseball to be over just yet.


Chad said...

I agree, the whole "well we lost to the best team" thing is bullshit. I would've loved to see the Phillies get swept, unfortunately it looks like the opposite may happen. Go Rays!

Anonymous said...

I was with you in rooting for a Brewers-Rays WS, now that it cannot happen I will stick with the Rays, even if their bandwagon fans do not deserve it. The small market fans have got to stick together against the evil empires of baseball.

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