It took a great deal of soul-searching (I’d say at least 25 seconds) to decide which MLB teams would be the recipients of my post season goodwill, but I have at long last made my decision. Er, or I made my decision a while ago, then took a really long nap, then forgot about it for a week, and am just now getting around to blogging about it. Either way, I hereby give you my post season picks:*
ALCS – Tampa Bay Rays. Why the Rays? Well, when you add it all up, Florida team + fellow sea creature mascot + young franchise + counterparts in the East = 47% less boring than another snoozefest of a world series involving the Red Sox. And furthermore, now that their association with the prince of darkness has been nullified, I can in good conscience (and without the fear of fire and brimstone) root them on to victory. Plus, the Rays are essentially the Florida Marlins of the American League. But honestly, it really comes down to geography– at least if Tampa Bay makes the series, the celebration will be happening hundreds of miles closer to my home.
NLCS – LA Dodgers. Why? Well, I know you’re thinking it has something to do with Alyssa Milano. And I’ll admit, I love a closet full of lacy, satin MLB apparel as much as the next baseball fan (available now online in 75 styles–unless you’re a Marlins fan, then there’s only one– starting at just $39.99!!!), however, Ms. Milano has had no bearing on my decision to cheer the Dodgers to the world series. Nor did the remainder of the long list of serious, baseball-savvy fans the Dodgers boast (example pictured top left). In fact, the truth is that I would cheer for a team full of miscreants who were personally responsible for the slaughtering of my entire family (both immediate and extended) if they were playing the Philadelphia Philthies. I don’t give two specs of lint for the Dodgers. But they are now my favorite team on the planet.
And now that we have that settled, you all can be assured that we are set to enjoy a World Series matchup of Boston and Philadelphia.
*The fact that I am picking these teams in no way suggests that I believe they have the superior talent or a greater chance of winning. I have just decided to take my mother’s method of choosing teams for a test drive. She always picks based on the color of the team’s uniform, and I happen to prefer green & blue to red & white.