Posted at 2:54 PM on October 4, 2007
by David Zingler
It’s a tradition among sports fans to pick an alternate team or two to “go for” in the playoffs when their favorite team is not in the mix. Since our Twins are now scattered across North and Central America spending their substantial paychecks, we are now left to pick among the fortunate few teams that still have a chance at October glory.
Who should I “go for” during this postseason….the candidates (in no particular order):
Boston Red Sox: Sure, they finally won the AL East, but since they won it all in ’04 and broke “the curse” in the process, they are far less interesting…Yankees Lite??
New York Yankees: Please, not gonna happen…ever.
Cleveland Indians: Despite the fact they are Bob Collins favorite team and they beat the pulp out of our beloved Twins this season, I want the Tribe to do well. After all, the last time the won a World Series Satchel Paige was on their roster.
Anaheim Angels: Never been a fan of the Halos, they also won it just five years ago.
Chicago Cubs: I am so over them.
Philadelphia Phillies: Haven’t been to Philly, but would like to visit and you have to love them for ousting the Mets (sorry Chris).
Arizona Diamondbacks: They flew under the radar most of the season in the NL, but ended up with the best record in the league. They still don’t do anything for me.
Colorado Rockies: I am jumping on the bandwagon here; Monday’s one game playoff was a classic. Why not just go with the flow?
In summary, I would love to see a Cleveland vs. Colorado World Series. It would enrage TV network execs and put some of baseball’s best, most unknown, talent on display. (The Phillies are my back-up team).
I'm going with the Rockies. It's nice to see they haven't been doomed by that ballpark of theirs. I'm also pulling for former Met Kaz Matsui, who was absolutely abused by the NY media and fans during his time with the team.
Yankees vs. Rockies
Phillies vs. whoever wants to lose in the World Series.