Indians... because if you haven't noticed, I'm a suffering fan.*
Braves... fun young team. I want a rematch of the '95 World Series, except this time hopefully it's Atlanta's young sluggers struggling to adjust to the umps giving the veteran Cleveland pitching staff an extra 4 inches off the plate.
Brewers... I enjoyed watching Jesus Aguilar play when he was an Indians prospect, and I want to root for this team, but I'll always wish bad things on Ryan Braun. Maybe I'll wait to cheer for them after Bud Selig is dead.
Rockies... There's nothing for me to dislike about the Rockies, but they just sort of exist. They also seem to ride a late hot streak to reach the playoffs every few years before remembering they're not a championship caliber team. It was neat to see Tony Wolters as a hero the other night. He was usually a level below Aguilar coming up with the Indians. I saw them both play several times in AA. I'm amazed Wolters even managed to reach MLB, since he struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line back then while bouncing back and forth between C/2B.
[While I do have the Brewers and Rockies in the top half of my rooting interests, it really depresses me when the list of teams without a championship gets smaller while the Indians still haven't won since 1948]
Astros... Just because they're not the Yankees or Dodgers.
Yankees... Nothing good should ever happen to these last two teams.
*Since I am an Indians fan, I probably should have placed the Red Sox in order instead of the Indians, but I'd prefer to stay on the board's good side (don't worry, I'll always root for the Red Sox over the Yankees or Dodgers).
Man, some people either have short memories or are much younger than me, but I developed a pretty strong hatred of the A's, from the period in the late 1980s to early 1990s. For those who do not remember/have forgot/haven't learned about it, the Sox had some fairly good teams back then (albeit nothing like the 2004 or 2018 squad), won the AL East in both 1988 and 1990 and went to the ALCS both years, only to get unceremoniously swept by the A's twice. Not just swept, but embarrassingly blown out in some of those games (in 1990, the Sox scored 1 run in all 4 games - not enough to counter the 20 runs the A's scored) and lost heartbreaking close games in the rest (often b/c of bullpen). We just seemed snake bit against them. Hated Dave Stewart with a white hot passion - he just totally owned us/Roger Clemens - I put one of his baseball cards on my dartboard, and probably burned the rest. Hated, hated, hated the A's.... as such, have a hard time to this day rooting for them (albeit, yes, I am still rooting for them to beat the MFY)....
I was really young so my memory may not be that good for this era but I thought the A's were far better than the average Red Sox of the 90s and we were not really in a position to compete with them and there was little expectation that we would beat them in the playoffs. We really only had one ace pitcher Roger Clemens and a great hitter Wade Boggs and the rest of our roster was the definition of mediocre. In fact, I am still surprised to this day that they were only able to win one World Series as they had several superstars Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire who were hitting homeruns left and right (now we know why) but at the time, they were the stars of the league. And yes, they had Dave Stewart who was masterful in the playoffs.
To answer the topic here, I will say the Cubs for Theo Epstein and Jon Lester. Again, Red Sox now are proving how foolish they were to let Lester go and sign Price to a huge contract. I wanted Lester back as a proven postseason pitcher at the time and now look at what we got. So sad so sad...
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