So, you want to get into baseball? Or rather, you really like this blog and want to understand the game we all love and love to write about? Well, you’ve come to right place.
FACT: Kevin Costner makes the best baseball movies
A baseball season is long. The most popular way to describe is with the old adage “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” There are 162 games in the regular season, plus a healthy month of Spring Training in February/March and another month of PostSeason in October. And while October Baseball is one of the best things ever, its the every day games from April-September that make baseball America’s Pastime. If you don’t already have the Love of the Game, this can all seem daunting. I find that having a team to root for (in any sport) makes watching it much more enjoyable. And if you start cheering for the team at the beginning of the season, you avoid the dreaded “Bandwagon” label.
So how do you choose who to root for? I’m glad you asked. The simplest team to root for is your hometown team if you have one. I will be a Detroit Tiger fan until I die for this very reason. However, I understand there are only 30 teams in the MLB, and really only 27 different cities that have MLB teams, and so you might night live in a place with a hometown team. If your hometown is lucky enough to have a Minor League team, that squad’s parent club is your choice. The next choice would be to root for the team that someone you’re close to roots for. I am now a Texas Ranger fan because my girlfriend is from Arlington, and is therefore a Rangers fan due to the previous statement. The third way option I rely on for choosing a team is something to connect with on an emotional level. I root for the Cubs because (up until last year) they remind me so much of my Detroit Lions, and I love the Dodgers for their history and because of Magic Johnson.
If the above methods have not been helpful to you, let me now present one reason to root for every team in the Majors, by division.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Baltimore Orioles: Cal Ripkin Jr played here. He played for an insane number of games without ever missing one.
Boston Red Sox: Admittedly, this would’ve have been easier last year because Big Papi was reason enough to root for them. Also, they’ve won too much in the past few years to be considered an underdog. They are a young team, and most likely have this years AL Rookie of the Year playing for them. Also, Fenway is one of the Holy Cathedrals of Baseball.
New York Yankees: NOPE. NO WAY. If you are not from NYC, do not root for this team. And if you are from NYC root for the other one. Moving on.
Tampa Bay Rays: Seemingly the underdog of the division, which is usually enough of a reason on its own. Evan Longoria might just be one of the most underrated players of all time. And Tropicana Field has the craziest white dome where the ball can easily get lost, making for entertaining games of confused outfielders.
Toronto Blue Jays: You’re from Canada.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox: Obama liked the White Sox. Chance the Rapper loves the White Sox. Good enough for those two should be good enough for just about anybody.
Cleveland Indians: FULL DISCLOSURE: I have contempt in my heart for the city of Cleveland. It’s a Michigan/Ohio thing. But Major League is a great movie. DO NOT ROOT FOR THE INDIANS UNTIL THEY GET RID OF CHIEF WAHOO
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera will go down as one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game and you’ll get to watch him play every day.
Kansas City Royals: A small club with a small town vibe. Typically youthful and like to run, which can make for some exciting games.
Minnesota Twins: THE perennial underdogs. At least lately. Although at the time I’m writing this they are 4-0 and number 1 in the league. Jump on the train now and you could be in for a magical season. (This is VERY unlikely)
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve. Also, their stadium is oddly designed and very cool.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Because like me, you saw Angel In The Outfield many many times growing up. Also, Mike Trout is one of the best players the game currently has.
Oakland Athletics: With the Raiders leaving town and the Warriors moving across the Bay, the A’s are all Oakland fans have left. And they’re a crazy group of people whom are a great time. Also, Moneyball.
Seattle Mariners: The team with the longest Post Season drought, but they’re on the precipice of breaking that. And Ken Griffey Jr. ALWAYS Ken Griffey Jr.
Texas Rangers: Roughned Odor punched Joey Batusita in the face last year. During a game. It was glorious.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST:
Atlanta Braves: They signed Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey in the offseason. Both are extremely fun to watch AND are a combined 85 years of age.
New York Mets: Because they aren’t the Yankees. And have one of the best rotations in baseball. And are a lot of fun.
Miami Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton has the potential to literally blow the cover off the ball in every at bat.
Philadelphia Phillies: A once great franchise that has very much lost its way. Another underdog story if you like underdog stories.
Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper is trying to single handedly Make Baseball Hip Again. And sort of succeeding.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs: Because they’re the Cubs. It’s hard to chose this year as the year to start rooting for the Cubs after their miracle last year (that whole bandwagon thing) but they’re still the Cubs. Wrigley. Also, Javier Baez is doing the unthinkable with his glove on a nightly basis.
Cincinnati Reds: Because maybe this is the year they will finally figure it out.
Milwaukee Brewers: Their ballpark has a slide, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me.
Pittsburg Pirates: Who doesn’t like Pirates? And Black and Gold are fantastic colors.
St. Louis Cardinals: I got nothing for you here. They are the Yankees of the NL.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks: They have some of the wildest jerseys in all of baseball.
Colorado Rockies: The whole playing in Denver makes for a lot of home runs. Another perennial underdog there’s a lot to like about this team.
Los Angeles Dodgers: One of the greatest franchises of all time. And Clayton Kershaw was hand crafted in a lab to pitch.
San Diego Padres: The poor Padres has an amazing ball park and great uniforms and pretty crappy baseball. I like to think of them as the lovable losers.
San Fransisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner hits way too many home runs as a pitcher to be human. Only worth watching when he starts or in even years.