Thank goodness the ’09, ’10 and ’11 World Champs are in the LCS. Those fans are starving for a World Series!
— JLM (@mezzanine76) October 13, 2012
I freely admit to having some irrational hate towards some players. As a wise man named Metstradamus once told me, though, YOU (the collective “you”) LOVE TO HATE. Tis true I suppose.
Some of my irrational hate comes from my own team. Like Nelson Figueroa and Joe McEwing? Take a flying leap, both of yas. Angel Pagan can kick rocks as far as I’m concerned.
For teams not my own, I do not like Cody Ross — though I had to root for him (blech) in 2010 when he singlehandedly kicked the Phillies asses. I react to him much like Bluto reacts to seeing Kent Dorfman’s face on the screen in the Delta House.
Oh and don’t get me started on the Phils. I hope Cliff Lee’s wife got to see the “best” of what Philly has to offer once they started losing this year.
But the ALCS and NLCS in 2012. This is unique because none of these teams have any redeeming qualities to me. None that I can get behind and root for. Not that I like to have an active rooting interest. I guess without my team in these games, it’s tough to get emotionally invested. So while I can have a benign interest, I typically like to look at these games at I would any regular season game that I happen to be watching on TV or in person when my team is not playing. Like being able to acknowledge a good play. Seeing a monster home run. Protesting a bad call (trust me – on the sides of a bad call, the opposing team agrees, the team in question disagrees).
This year is tough. I don’t like any of the teams. Possibly irrationally, possibly good. But if irrational hate is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
The Cardinals. It’s funny why I don’t particularly care for them this year. You’d think I might like them more since Tony LaRasshat isn’t around. But no. It’s more than that. I could say that it was 2006 that did it for me, but I’m not gonna go there. Fact is, the Mets beat themselves more in that series than the Cards did. But no. It’s what @Mezzanine76 said, and it’s what I’m thinking about Carlos Beltran.
BARF to Mets fans w/ the Carlos Beltran love fest. I love him too but I’m SO not ready to see him win w/ Cards #posttraumaticMetsdisorder
— The Coop (@Coopz22) October 13, 2012
I want Carlos Beltran to win a ring…I do NOT want him to win one with the Cardinals. I mean, that’s almost too easy. The team he has absolutely owned in postseasons, that he always kills…hell, he’s just a monster in the postseason.
Is that selfish of me? Well, of course it is. I hope Beltran hits like .900 in this series. I don’t want his team to win.
Plus I guess I still have some sore bones about last year’s World Series. Fuck the Texas Rangers for making that happen, and fuck the Cardinals.
(And I’m still upset that the Nats had to lose that way in Game Five. For more on that, read Dave Nichols’ post at District Sports Page – you will not be disappointed).
That would probably make you say, then you’d be rooting for the San Francisco Giants. Well, no. Not exactly. The cruelest joke is that I love their stadium, love the city (only other place I’d live besides New York City), but their fans do NOT deserve this team at all. I was there in 2010, prior to them winning. I never met more of a douchelord fan base in my life (up there with Yankees and Dodgers).
I realized something though. They were antsy. If we thought that the lack of Mets history in CitiField was bad at first when it opened, it had NOTHING on AT&T Park, where they celebrated pretty much everything from the New York era. Prior to 2010, no San Francisco Giant team had ever won a World Series…the New York Giants had.
I pitied them. Then they won. One of my favorite pitchers is Tim Lincecum. I had his bobblehead. They have a great mascot. Yay, Lou Seal! So I was okay with it.
Since then, every single Giants fan comes to CitiField and now travels well. I do not like their fans. Probably more of a hipster-esque Phillies fan base, if you can believe it. Maybe they’re better now these days, but I have yet to come in contact with a more angry fan base.
Angel Pagan. Never cared for him as a Met. Now a postseason hero. I *heart* contract years.
Which is probably the ultimate in Mets hell, really. Cardinals have Beltran, Giants have Pagan. Mets have Andres Torres.
If there is a baseball god, he’s not a very nice one. And (s)he certainly does not like the Mets.
Then there’s the ALCS. I was excited about the possibility of the Baltimore Orioles advancing, and I really liked the Oakland A’s story this year. Neither team advanced. Therefore, the other teams can go fuck themselves.
Okay, maybe Detroit has something good. I like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Prince Fielder. But I still have some irrational hate towards Miguel Cabrera for Roger Dorn’ing a ball during the All-Star Game in 2006. Also because he was a Marlin. Oh and Jose Valverde can take a long walk off a short pier as far as I’m concerned (and this was before the blow up last night).
I have no choice but to get behind them because of who they are playing in the Series.
That’s the Yankees. After Raul Ibanez hit a game tying home run in the 9th inning against the Tigers last night, @DyHrdMet had this to say.
all that crap does is fuel the #Yankees fans’ belief that they are ENTITLED to winning. #MLB
— Jason Bornstein (@DyHrdMET) October 14, 2012
And it’s true. The sense of entitlement is astounding. Not to say that there aren’t some really true fans…but their justification of lack of sellouts during the postseason, moving the riff raff from the top levels to the seats behind home plate that clearly weren’t full, pricing their own fans out during a prime time game on a weekend…quite possibly the bandwagon is falling apart. Honestly, though, I was ripped apart for suggesting that there are only Yankee fans who come out during October. Why? THERE ARE AND THAT’S THE PROBLEM. I say I don’t get emotionally involved during playoffs…they have fans who ONLY get emotionally involved during the playoffs. They are not fans. They suck.
Oh and the booing. The friends I have who actually ARE lifelong Yankees fans were calling out the fans who actively booed (in no particular order) A-Rod, Curtis Granderson (really???), Nick Swisher (okay, maybe he deserves it). Say what you will about A-Rod and Swisher (and I have plenty to say about that dickhead), Granderson, folks??? Really???
Of course there are things I’m not going to gloat about. As much as I don’t like the team or particularly care for him, you wouldn’t want to wish Derek Jeter’s injury on anyone.
But can I find a more completely unrootable team? Probably not.
A-Rod – BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Okay, look. I defend a guy like Jason Bay because you can tell his downturn bothers him, and he still cares. But is there more of an unlikable character than A-Rod in sports? No, not really. And say what you want about Bay – he’s only getting paid an average of $16.5 mm per year AND has only one more year left on his contract. A-Rod gets $27.5mm. No question who the bigger bust is…especially since A-Rod has FIVE MORE YEARS left.
Raul Ibanez. Is there a more cruel joke than to see a former 2009 champion Philadelphia Phillies and seeing him absolutely turn the heat on in the playoffs?
Nick Swisher is just in general a dislikable douchebag. Robinson Cano is a big baby. WAH! And if the term “run support” wasn’t invented for a guy like Philip Hughes, then I don’t know why it was ever coined.
Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano…all of ’em. Can’t stand a one. Maybe it has to do with some irrational Yankees hatred. But I’ve liked some players on the Yankees over the year. At least, I think I have. Hell, I’ve even admitted to liking Chase Utley on the Phillies. I have had to have liked somebody on the Yankees…right? Right?
Maybe Mo Rivera. He seems like a decent human being.
Lastly, watching the last few games they’ve played, it amazes me just how far the Yankees have gone this year. With all that power (on paper) in their lineup, you’d think they wouldn’t leave RISP after RISP all the time. If the Tigers don’t take them down in four games, they’re nothing but a fraud.
But you see, there I go again. Caring about the outcome of games that my team isn’t even playing.
So ya happy now???
No, not really. The playoffs suck when your team isn’t in it.
But they really suck when you can find no redeeming qualities about any of the teams playing.
Right now, I’m rooting for a flood.