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October 1, 2008 at 6:56 am ET
Who would you like to see win it all?

The first New York Yankee-less baseball post-season since 1993 gets underway today. If you’re a Yankee fan it probably really doesn’t matter who wins the World Series. The Yankees aren’t winning it, so who cares?

Truth is, though, I do have some preferences as to who I would like to see win. So, I am previewing the playoffs from a Yankee perspective today by ranking the teams from 1-8. Eight would be the team I could find most palatable as World Series champ. One would be the team I absolutely do not want to to win under any circumstances.

8. Philadelphia — As a Yankee fan, I can’t find any reason to hate on the Phillies right now. Shoot, they beat the Mets for NL East title two years in a row. I have to root for them just for that. Among the eight playoff teams, I think a Phillies World Series victory would be the easiest for me to take.

7. LA Dodgers — I know some Yankee fans will disagree with this choice, but I am a Joe Torre fan. With Torre and Don Mattingly in LA how could I be upset if the Dodgers find a way to earn Torre his fifth World Series championship? I couldn’t.

6. LA Angels — I admire the way the Angels play. Good defense, good pitching, they run the basepaths and do the small things that lead to victories. It’s fun to watch Vladimir Guerrero hit, Torii Hunter is a class act and Mike Scioscia is a wonderful manager. I could not be upset if the Angels won the big prize.

5. Chicago Cubs — Red Sox fans have had their fun, winning two championships out of the past four. How can you not root for the Cubbies to break their 100-year drought?

Now we start to get into the teams I would really rather not see win. It’s just a matter of degree as to how much it would tick me off if any of these next four teams won it all.

4. Milwaukee Brewers — The quicker this team gets KO’d, the better. They are messing with the health of the Yankees future ace, and CC Sabathia has already worked more than enough this season. Get ‘em outta there before something bad happens.

3. Chicago White Sox — I can’t stand Ozzie Guillen. He’s a moron. It’s that simple.

2. Boston Red Sox — It might surprise that the Red Sox are not public enemy No. 1 on this list. Of course, it will tick me off if Boston wins. I would love nothing more than to turn the clock back to a pre-2004 world where the Yankees always won and the Red Sox were perennially tortured. That’s not happening, though. At least I have some respect for Terry Francona, Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Tim Wakefield and other members of the Red Sox.

1. Tampa Bay Rays — I absolutely can’t stomach the thought of a Rays World Series title. To some that sounds like a nice story — perennial floormat turned champion. Not me. The thought of having to put up with the pompous gloating of the Rays and their 12 fans if they do happen to win makes me ill. So, they top this list.

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30 Responses to “Who would you like to see win it all?”
  1. Alan says:

    As a small market fan (Milwaukee) this is the exact reason that I can’t stand the Yankees. No need for a farm system; let’s buy our way in.

    Although I know that the Brewer’s rented CC and have little/no chance of resigning him, I hope he goes somewhere a little less accustomed to pillaging small-town talent.

  2. Ed Valentine says:

    Alan, I can sympathize. It is too bad the Brewers have no shot at keeping CC. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. He is going to get very rich, regardless.

  3. David Chalk David Chalk says:

    You do realize ranking us #1 ahead of the Red Sox already gives us one more thing to gloat about?

  4. Ed Valentine says:

    Yes, David, I do. And somehow I knew that fact would not escape your attention. LOL!!

  5. Jeff says:

    C’mon Chalk, you wouldn’t really gloat would you?

  6. FlukeRays says:

    Agreed… anyone but the ghetto rays.

  7. Mike says:

    I tend to like Stories and Underdogs. So, while I am by-and-large a bosox fan, I wouldn’t mind a Cubs, D-Rays, or Brew Crew championship at all.

  8. coops2001 says:

    I would like to see the Cubs win it all (heck 100 years is long enough, plus the Sox’s White and Red broke their jinx, so why not the other Chicago?), followed by Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers. After that, I can’t say any of them.

    However, if I had never stumbled across this site and its authors, I might have said the Rays. It’s nice to see a team that never won it finally grab the prize. Why not root for the underdog. But a season of reading sophomoric chanting, delusional taunting, and mindless meanderings by the Ray’s writer have me wishing that if it’s down to the Red Sox and the Rays, I’d take the Sox. Yes, it’s come to that…

  9. B.E. Earl says:

    This is the way I root for Baseball teams.

    1. The NY Yankees
    {{{huge gap}}}
    2. The Chicago Cubs* – except, of course, when they play the Yankees.
    3. Just about everyone else.
    4. The Boston Red Sox, the NY Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays (only because of Chalk)

    So I’m rooting for the Cubbies to finally win one this post-season. After that, I really don’t care as long as it isn’t the Sawx or the Rays.

    *I became a fan of the Cubs on my first trip to Wrigley in 1998. Kerry Wood struck out 11 and hit a home run. Sammy hit two. I’m actually more a fan of Wrigley itself than the Cubs, but since they play there… And my girlfriend likes the Cubs a bit, so that means I kinda like the Cubs a bit. Goes with the territory.

  10. coops2001 says:

    BE: Good point about the huge gap. In fact 2-4+ drops completely off on Sundays when I’m rooting for the Giants.

    I must add that many of my friends are Mets fans, but I think seeing the Phillies win it all will reduce any possible future taunting for quite a long time.

  11. FrankDiscussion says:

    I have to admit, it’s fun watching these games when you don’t have any real interest in the outcome. I don’t find myself screaming at the television:

    “It isn’t dirt or rosin, it’s pine tar !”

    “Torre, put down the f****** green tea and call for a bunt, he’s bleeding through his sock, for christ’s sake !”

    “Midges ? You’ve got to be kidding me”

    And I won’t find myself uttering nonsense like:

    19-8 ? They’ll never recover back from this, it’s over !

    So I’m looking forward to it, although I’m dreading the TBS broadcasts. I’d like to see the Cubs get in there simply because I like Lou.

  12. coops2001 says:

    FrankDiscussion: You are 100% right. Watching the Indians drop the last 3 against the Sox last year would have been gut wrenching if that were the Yankees (actually it was back in ’04 now that I think of it). It will be fun to watch Torre and Pinella, and won’t be caught up in the emotional drama. Besides, I’m still kinda riding the euphoria from the ’07/’08 Giants Superbowl run. For almost every 2004 you get, there’s an 18-1.

  13. Brett says:

    I’m pulling for Milwaukee vs. Tampa in the World Series, just to drive the suits at Fox & ESPN nuts.

  14. Timothy Clougher says:

    Only The Yanks.

    I hope they all lose and the WS is called of this year.

    PS. Keep CC fresh for us….

  15. Timothy Clougher says:

    should day “off”

  16. Brian says:

    Come on, I know from reading this site that at least one Rays fan can be annoying(well two including that cowbell douche), but the other 10 of us are’nt that bad.

  17. coops2001 says:

    Brian: It’s not just the annoyance of the writer you reference, it’s the relentless annoyance, all under the so-called guise of “Humor Injected Baseball Commentary”. There’s a lot to be said for rooting for the underdog. Rays fans have a right to be really really excited about the post-season. However, most fans of underdogs don’t start counting their rings (“A Prelude To Dynasty”) before they hatch. I don’t remember any Yankee fans in the 1996 run shooting off their mouth. That’s why the readers (especially BRS and NYY) are hyper-senstitive. Sorry if we threw you in with that mix.

  18. Charles Anthony says:

    Hey Ed bro you can stop logging onto Bugs and Cranks until next season since your team full of old washed up d bags decided to take this fall off and sit at home did… See ya next season loser

  19. coops2001 says:

    Maybe another good question is in the battle of ex-Yankee managers, who do you root for: Torre or Pinella? Perhaps Mattingly is the tipping point for those on the fence

  20. Steve-o1285 says:

    Just hearing that a Yankee fan couldn’t stomach gloating from Rays fans makes my heart smile. I personally would gloat so much, people’s ears would be falling off.

  21. Anarchist Accountant says:

    “Maybe another good question is in the battle of ex-Yankee managers, who do you root for: Torre or Pinella?”

    You root for Thurman Munson’s plane to re-crash at home plate while they are exchanging lineup cards…(dang, you’d still have to hire a gunman to take out Mattingly.)…

  22. Ed Valentine says:

    AA that is a really sad, disgusting comment. Even though I know you are joking — at least I hope you are — that’s awful. Have some class!

  23. McLovin says:

    You know the Rays are good when a Yankee fan wants the Red Sox to win more than a team that has zero reason to have any haters.

    Sounds something Shelley Duncan would do…

    You know who had 12 fans? The Yankees in that last series at the Trop. All those assholes living in Tampa Bay gave up in May.

  24. Fluke Rays says:

    That orange juice and sewage filled port-a-potty you call a stadium is more than enough reason to hate the Rays.

  25. coops2001 says:

    Maybe the handful of Rays fans are missing the yankees fans filling out many of the empty seats at the Crapicana. After 10+ years as history’s worst team ever across any sport (including team handball and rounders), the Rays fans’ are having deep emotional problems with dealing with a winning record, something that is an everyday occurance for many teams.

  26. Anarchist Accountant says:

    Ed, yes, I’m joking…but no class?? In response to someone calling the Rays fans pompous about a dozen lines after “pompously” admonishing the Brewers for abusing a pitcher you are now claiming as a birthrite? OK, I’ll accept the no class label for today.

    Maybe if you and your myopic minions spent five minutes outside of the five boroughs, you’d understand why everyone else hates y’all

  27. FrankDiscussion says:

    I guess I’m in the minority here as I’m not actually rooting against anyone, just hoping to enjoy some good baseball. I refuse to root against Tampa Bay solely because Chalk is annoying, that validates his nonsense, they’ve put a quality team on the field and played consistently solid ball throughout year. Refuse to root against Boston because of the overhyped “rivalry”, team has overcome a good bit of adversity this year and is reaping the rewards of an excellent farm system. I like the Brewers because they still allow beer in the clubhouse. Like the Cubs because I like Lou. Indifferent about Anaheim and the White Sox.

  28. rodney Frick says:

    With the resigning of Cashman I think you better load up on pepcid because the Yankees will be the doormat looking up at the Rays for years to come.

  29. Ed Valentine says:

    Anarchist, I am glad you were joking about that. I was trying to have a little fun here, and I guess I stirred up more than I bargained for.

  30. pinstripeblues says:

    Boo hoo :( It’s a shame that you got your @sses kicked by a team that makes as much as 1 Dankee doodle. I’ve never seen this much crying even at a funeral. Thanks for playing…Stankee’s

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