Who Else Do You Like in the National League?

Posted by Don M, Thu, July 07, 2011 06:45 PM | Comments: 23

Not that I expect this to happen anytime soon, but in the rare chance the Phillies don’t win the next handful of consecutive World Series crowns, who would you find yourself routing for or against? I know some people that swear to be neutral if their favorite team isn’t participating in a game they are watching, but me personally, I don’t even think that’s possible. How can you watch a sporting event and not be routing for one side or another? If the Phillies needed the Braves to lose, and Atlanta was hosting the Mets that day, guess who just became an honorary Mets fan! The Diamondbacks are playing the Padres – I find myself routing for the team trailing by a few when the game innings start to pass.

My point is that while I’m a diehard Phillies fan, I’m a fan of sports, and baseball in particular.  If the Phillies didn’t have a team, or didn’t have a chance to win the World Series, I would still pay attention and have a rooting interest ….and among the National League teams, it would go something like this:

1. Philadelphia Phillies – I already forgot that this was a hypothetical, “if the Phillies couldn’t win”

2. Pittsburgh Pirates – My wonderful mother is from the Pittsburgh area, and we still have family out that way.  The Pirates have one of the best stadiums in baseball…they just need owners to commit to keeping their young talent together.  It’s been 18 long years since the Pirates have had a playoff team, I’d like to see their passionate fans have a contender again.

3. Chicago Cubs – I went to Chicago for the first time 2008, as a bunch of my friends took me out for my bachelor party.  We did Rooftop Bleachers one day, infield seats the next, and outfield bleacher seats on the third day… all the while, Cubs fans told us how much they hate Mets fans!  Even though it’s a little bit cheesey, I loved seeing a stadium full of people singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”… Flying their “W” or “L” flag depending on the outcome of the game.  “Go, Cubs, Go” ….everything about the Cubs is pretty cool, and their draught of 100+ years with no World Series title makes you feel bad for them.

4. Colorado Rockies – Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday have won me some pretty decent coin in fantasy baseball over the past few years.  Something about playoff baseball in Colorado appeals to me. It’s not quite the launching pad it used to be, but definitely a cool setting for a baseball game, especially for those who like their offense.

5. Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers remind me of where we used to be… a team that wasn’t quite sure how to get over the hump.  Unfortunately for the Phillies, I think the Brewers pose the biggest threat in the National League come playoff time this season.  Currently they have a lot of homegrown talent… they don’t usually have the money to land big-time free agents, etc… so, I think long-time Phillies fans can really relate to where the Brewers are as an organization.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks – I was glad to see Curt Schilling win with them, I was glad to them beat the Yankees… but really, they fall into my “who cares” category.

7. Houston Astros – See above… but I kind of hate Texas, the state…so they drop.  I liked the “Killer B’s,” but those days are long gone.

8. Washington Nationals – I like underdogs, and they’d be higher if they didn’t play in the NL East.  I’ll always cheer for Jayson Werth (as long as it’s not directly against the Phillies), someday soon the Nats might be serious contenders, good for them.

9. San Diego Padres – For some reason, I always hated their ugly colors…and I’m extremely jealous of the fact that they have seemingly perfect weather in San Diego.

10. St. Louis Cardinals – Home of the self-titled “best fans in baseball”… screw them.  Tony La Russa over-manages, McGwire was a cheater… Scott Rolen won a title with them… and the list of little things goes on.

11. Cincinnati Reds -  Part of me likes the Reds more than the Cardinals, but the Reds don’t seem quite as classy an organization.  With Brandon Phillips, Edinson Volquez, etc…on their roster, they just seem like a team full of punks.

12. San Francisco Giants – If they didn’t beat us last year the might not be so low on my list.  I saw their new ballpark the second year it was open, and I loved it (that can make me start to like a team, same way I like Baltimore and Cleveland- because I like watching games in their respective parks), but with the Phillies recent history against them, I can’t see myself ever cheering for the Giants to win anything.

13. Los Angeles Dodgers – I know Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin are gone… but that Dodger- blue now makes my blood boil.  They had an undeserved cockiness, and walked with a swagger that nobody wanted to see.  They’ve fallen to the bottom of the NL West, which I believe is just south of “Mannywood.”

14. Atlanta Braves – I hate the fact that they were better than the Phillies for my entire childhood, but you have to respect what they accomplished – 14 straight division titles!  I’m a closet Chipper Jones fan; I wish that Brian McCann played for the Phillies.  I got so accustomed to watching the Braves in the playoffs, that it seems strange any year they don’t make it now.

15. Florida Marlins – For some reason I hate the Marlins more than the Braves.  Just when the Phillies started to get respectable, back in 2003, it was the Marlins who stepped on our throats, kicked our dogs, and crushed our dreams.  They somehow had TWO World Series titles before I ever got to see the Phillies wear the crown.  Whatever the reason, I hate watching games in their empty football stadium…and I hate the fact that Hanley Ramirez has all the talent in the world, but not the drive to use it.  The Marlins always seem to have a lot of young talent, maybe their new stadium will give them the revenue to keep some of these guys around.  I need to have players to hate.

16. New York Mets – Phuck the Mets.

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The N.L. is terrible. The only reason the Phillies are any good is because its so bad. We will not win because our offense is like watching this site load. Boring, unwatchable. The Braves will take 2 of 3 this weekend then kick our a s s in the second half. Then maybe charlie can get fired. I hate Eskin but I agree Charlie is a terrible manager. Taking Kyle out last night was disgusting. If I was KK I would of punched the old man in the face. Fat pig

    • Posts: 0 bob

      You’re an idiot.

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      Jeff, I’m getting tired of you sitting on the fence all the time. Tell us what you really think :)

    • Posts: 542 Bruce

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      @Jeff: I usually don’t respond to a emotional rant but can’t resist asking you this question: Is there anything..ANYTHING you like about the Phillies? Perhaps Chase Utley? (chuckles)

  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Nice Jeff, nice touch

    Good fodder Don, I have always been partial to the Rockies although they suck and cannot muster enough to beat the Braves even a litte.

    I have always liked the Cards too – lots of tradition, very old baseball town. Its easier for me to list the teams I hate –

    I’ll start off with the Giants. Being of an AL background, I never did get to see much of what was going on in the NL but the Giants were great to be a part of. Mays, Stretch, Juan Marichal and a list of others but the modern Giants all stink .. they rot.

    I hate the Muts, Braves and cannot stand the stinkin fish.

  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    Jeff you are a moron..but i do agree that kk shoulda stayed in the game..other than that though, your an idiot.

  • Posts: 0 Coleman215

    I live in Colorado now. The Rockies suck, and the Rockies fans are clueless about baseball. I was wearing a Phillies jersey last fall, and some guy turned around at the bar I was at, and asked me if the Phillies are a hockey team! F the Rockies! The pitching sucks, and so do the fans!

  • Posts: 7 caphlfan

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    I live in CA and couldn’t agree more about the Giants or Dodgers — especially the Giants. Home state and Pittsburgh are okay too.

  • Posts: 32 kittykat

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    I guess the Padres. Everyone was really friendly in that town when we went on a Phillies Vacation out there in 2010. We took over the park for the entire weekend series and swept the team and the natives were still nice! Wouldn’t happen in Philadelphia. They don’t ever seem to be in contention with the Phils so I can’t hate them.

    I could never root for the Mets, Braves or Dodgers. Kind of like watching Dallas against the NY Giants. Or, not watching.

  • Posts: 0 Josh

    I can’t believe you say the pirates. I’m Philly born and raised, and now live in pittsburgh. The fans here are terrible, and people here absolute HATE Philly and the sports. I often encounter people who scoff and raise their eyebrows when I tell them I’m from Philly. Quite honestly, I don’t really where Philly stuff around and I’ve never started a fight about sports. It’s very annoying to me because I had nothing against pitt or their sports teams until I got here. People here just despise Philadelphia and the people from there. The town isn’t too bad here, although I do miss home and think that Philadelphia has more to offer. Nevertheless, I am a bit regretful for moving to Pittsburgh because of the classlessness a lot of their fans exhibit. It’s very frustrating, and because of it, I will never root for a Pittsburgh team. The fans just don’t deserve it. For example, you will never find another team’s jersey or logo here. In Philly and New York, true sports towns, you can easily find another team’s jersey in a sporting goods store. Go Phillies and please, the pirates fans don’t root for us at all- they hate us.

    • Posts: 0 Frank

      After the Phillies I would have to say my first choice National League team would be the Chicago Cubs. It’s the only other NL city where I attended ball games while stationed at Great Lakes. IL & I get WGN on my cable system, so I can see many of their games. Next I would pick the Washington Nats – Zimmerman at 3rd is a former Hampton Roads high school ball player & again we get almost all their games on cable in VA. Plus they have ex-Philly & a fav of mine, Jason Werth. Forget Atlanta – they ruled this division for way too long & I can’t stand that team!! I also feel like Josh above that there is no way I could support any sports team from Pittsburgh – baseball, football, hockey or tiddly-winks!!!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Montreal Expos…that Galarraga can sure play

    • Posts: 0 agam22

      He’s no Jose Vidro

    • Posts: 0 Dave S

      The word on the street is they have this Russian dude from the DR who can rake a fastball. Free swinger, and has a cannon for an arm.

  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    For some reason, I’d cheer for the Pirates, too. Not sure why, cause I will GO OUT OF MY
    WAY to loathe the Steelers. Love Andrew McCutchen (he’d look perfect in red pinstripes!). My son and I go to Spring Training every year. This year we took a drive down to Bradenton and went to Pirate City, the training facility. Coolest place ever. Players are right there, real accessable, walking through the crowds (if you want to call it that) and talking to the fans.

    Next would be the Cubs (sort of a no-brainer), followed by the Nationals.

    Yes, the Nats. I still like Jayson Werth as well and, like most of you, don’t resent him for leaving Philly (he had 126 million good reasons to do so). With the young kids Stasburg
    and Harper making an impact soon, along with guys like Mike Morse, this team has a good chance to contend in a few years. And Davey Johnson is one of my favorite managers of all time and gives them instant credibility.

    But most importantly….. GO PHILLIES!!!

  • Posts: 0 michael

    My loyalties shift when the Phils are out of it. Usually I like a good story. The pirates I always feel bad for them. So this year and their record makes them a good story. From there I find players I like, and would like to see them have a shot as something important. Like when we brought in Sweeney last year. Though the Mets, Braves, and Astros will never get any love from me no matter what. I’d like to see the fish win 35-45% of the rest of their games this year (not against the Phils) but because McKeon is a fun story to watch unfold. The Rockies are ok, but when they make that big second half run they scare the sh*t out of me lol. Can’t like the cardss at the moment, because I HATE LaRussa, what a pos. My opinion.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I love that line “Usually, I like a good story” . . . im that same way . . . I always liked Texas in the AL, because my baseball team growing up wore “T” hats. .. I always kinda liked Cleveland cause my dad got me a tribe-hat when he was there on business before. . . . always kinda liked Baltimore because it the first time I saw a game somewhere besides the Vet at Camden Yards.. etc . . . a few years ago I wanted to see the Tigers win it, because I like Leyland, and they lost like 110 games a few years prior . . .

    best stories this year are Pirates and Indians . .. if one of them made the playoffs that would be AWESOME

  • Posts: 0 MP

    I kind of ‘want’ to like the Nationals but something tells me that within 5 years I’ll hate them as much as the rest of the NL East. I hate all the teams in the NL West. I’m generally cool with the NL Central.

    Interesting timing of the concept of this post – After going to a game out in Seattle last month, I decided that the Mariners are ‘officially’ my favorite AL team.

    • Posts: 147 Don M

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      That’s why the pay me the big bucks ($0) … because I come up with the creative, timely posts!!! …. I was born just at the right time to be a HUGE Ken Griffey Jr. fan, I watched Sports Center 10 times a day, couldn’t wait to see the next group of Web Gems etc… I like that everyone has their own reasons for liking different sports teams besides just our hometown teams!

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I honestly racked my brain and I can’t come up with any strong candidates for NL love. I guess, by default, that I would say the Cubs. If they were in a World Series, I would certainly pull for them. The franchise deserves it. Despite the years of disappointment, the fans show up day in and day out – you have to respect that. Plus, I have bunch of friends who cheer on the Northsiders. Ironically, I would also root for the Brewers in a World Series. They have remarkably dedicated fans – comparisons to Philly fans are definitely warranted.

    I just can’t back the Nats. I lived in DC for 7 years. I still live in the region (Annapolis – doesn’t know if it is DC or Baltimore) and I think Redskins and Caps fans have poisoned any chance for the Nats in my book with their incessant bandwagon fandom, misinformed opinions, and incendiary, obnoxious attitudes. (The Redskins never registered on my radar as a kid, but upon moving to DC, they shot right up to my most hated team because of the obnoxious fanbase that can do little more than remind you of Gibbs glory days. Not to mention, FedEx field is miserable, and the fans there are just as loud, angry, and violent as anyone else).

    I’m much more of an AL guy when it comes to casual fandom. I grew up loving Cal Ripken, so I have always maintained a soft spot for the O’s (being 25 minutes away from Balto also helps). I have nothing against the White Sox, A’s, Twins, or Rays. I harbor a lot of resentment towards the Blue Jays, but I can appreciate their team, sorta. And, in a bizarre twist, I would rather see the Yankees win than the Red Sox. I can’t explain it.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    as much as I hate them . . . . I love seeing the Yanks and Sox both in contention all the time, its like an oxymoron

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I might have even lied about my list . . . thinking about the “whats a better story, etc” .. I think i’d root for the Brewers over the Rockies right now .

    And since I picked the Reds and Brewers to both make the playoffs this year, I’ll start pulling for the Reds to win some games in the second half

  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    I like the Brewers as well. They’re for real. And the sausage race is a hoot!

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