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Who do you root for?

Posted at 10:23 AM on August 19, 2005 by Ben Tesch (9 Comments)

This weekend is tough to call. Kansas City versus Oakland? Even though I'm a sucker for record-breaking futility, you gotta hope they can take a few from Oakland for our benefit. I'm assuming you would root for Baltimore over Cleveland, since the Orioles are 3.5 games behind us and the Indians are 1 up, but I'd be interested in hearing some alternative theories.

Now the Yankees versus the White Sox, there's a conundrum. Do you root for the team 1.5 games above you in the wild card, hoping that they'll make the White Sox reachable in the stretch, but hurting your wildcard chances? Or do you root for the team 11.5 games above you in your division, hoping that it will give you the edge in the wild card race? It's a shorter distance, but then you're out of the division race, and there alot of other teams and variables involved in a wildcard race. What do you think?

Comments (9)

it's hard for me to say but i would have to root for the yanks. don't quote me on that 'cause i'll deny every word.

Posted by worm2 a.k.a. kinsella | August 19, 2005 11:02 AM

But if the Twins end up making up some games on the Sox, can they actually get by them by the end of the season? I can't tell which is harder: 11 games against 1 team, or 4 games against 4 or 5 teams.

Posted by Ben Tesch | August 19, 2005 11:35 AM

Wow, that's one tough question. Not fair for a Friday afternoon! How about three rainouts, to be made up at the end of the season, or when we have a better idea where we stand?!

Posted by Moe | August 19, 2005 2:33 PM

How many games do the Twins have left against the White Sox this season? That's right, plenty. It's too soon to be crossing our fingers for something wild. Go Twins!

Posted by Josiah Titus | August 19, 2005 5:36 PM

I'd have to root for our wild card chances, and hope there's still hope for division. First thing first is getting to playoffs, where anything can -- and does -- happen. And then hope there's still hope for division. Twins have a favorable schedule -- and history -- here on in.

Posted by tecumseh | August 19, 2005 6:20 PM

Rule #1: Always root against the Yankees.
Rule #2: If feeling conflicted or confused, see Rule #1.

In this case, it makes practical sense, anyway. Catching the White Sox would take a minor miracle, but the Wild Card is within reach. If the Twins can make a run at the division, they'll have 10 more chances to take down Chicago themselves. However, the Twins don't have any more games with NY. They need all the help they can get from any of NY's opponents.

It's fun to see the White Sox on a losing streak. But it's also fun to see the Yankees lose, and at the same time it's more helpful to the Twins' playoff chances when that happens right now. Today, I hope to see Chicago avoid another sweep. The Sox can start another losing streak on Tuesday.

Posted by frightwig | August 21, 2005 4:05 AM

fritwig has convinced me...go sox! if clevland was in 1st it would be a bit easier on my palette but you can't pick you enemy combatants but you can keep them close.

Posted by worm2 | August 21, 2005 9:54 AM

Well, I was pulling for the ChiSox. Thus makes a rivalry, though... even when you NEED them to win, they don't win.

Such is the stuff that hate is made of. I hope Johan brings the nasty stuff tomorrow.

Posted by Moster | August 22, 2005 8:48 AM

yes johan...please bring the nasty.

Posted by worm2 | August 22, 2005 9:29 AM

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