Wednesday, October 23, 2013

World Series Problems

I have a problem on my hands here. First of all, I love the World Series. It's probably my 3rd favorite annual sporting event that doesn't involve BYU sports. The first two being, in order, March Madness and the NBA Finals. It's also my 5th favorite overall sporting event. That list consists of:

1. Summer Olympics
2. March Madness
3. World Cup
4. NBA Finals
5. World Series

My earliest memories of sports involve watching the World Series in the early 90s. It's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. So what do you do when you hate both teams playing?

My favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees. So you can see my problem when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are in the Fall Classic. I want to have someone to cheer for, because that makes watching any sporting event more enjoyable. Even years when the Yankees aren't in the World Series I can usually pick a team to get behind without much trouble. (I only mention the Yankees because unless some major changes are made in Chicago, it's looking like it'll be another 105 years before the Cubbies go to the playoffs, let alone the World Series. Hopefully Back to the Future II was right and I'll just have to wait till 2015, but it's not looking good.) If it were just the Cardinals or the Red Sox the issue would be resolved easily; I could just root for the other team. But no, they're both in.

So what do I do? Do I just root against whoever is at bat? But if I do that I'm indirectly rooting for whoever is pitching/playing defense, and I just don't feel good about that. Is there some way we could get both teams to lose? I mean, I don't want to involve catastrophe or mayhem or anything that might result in loss of life and limb here. I can't just root for "good baseball" because then that means that both of these teams that I do not like are doing well, and that just doesn't sit well with me.

I'll probably just cheer National League and be done with it. It doesn't solve the problem, but it dissociates me from directly cheering for the red birds.

Oh well, at least the Braves aren't in it.


  1. cheer for the concession salespeople or something. or for the weather. or would that not be fun enough?

  2. root for bad baseball, if you hate both teams so much then you should want this to be one of the worst world series in recent memory so that no one ever wants to see either of these teams make it back any time soon. or you could be like me and just get excited for the MLS playoffs to start :)

  3. In all honesty, if the Cubbies would make it to the series, I'd cheer for them over just about anyone. Underdogs, Sam. That's who I want to see playing in the Series. Underdogs!

  4. The good news is the NBA starts in a matter of hours and you can get back to watching the real stuff. Even if it is going to be an incredibly rough year for the Jazz.