How to Root for Baseball Teams in the Postseason
David Adesnik at Oxblog has an interesting idea
. As a sated Yankee fan, he now wants to root for Red Sox fan suffering which would be best served by a win in Oakland, a defeat of the Yankees and a devastating (Buckneresque) loss to the Cubs. It's been a long time since Buckner, and now there are a whole generation of Red Sox fans who haven't suffered enough.
Well, I can't root against the Yanks, but if you are a Yankee fan and want to toy with rooting this way, I'd like to add this wrinkle. In the ALCS root for the Red Sox to beat the Yankees illegitimately -- that is, root for them to win on a series of obviously wrong calls by the umpires in Game 7. A missed homerun call that is verifiable by replay, a blown call at first (like in 1985), Pedro being caught scuffing the ball and being thrown out in the seventh (too late to help the Yanks) -- things like that. "Sure the Red Sox won, but c'mon it was a gift from the umpires and they cheated, and anyway, they lost to the Cubs".
I won't be rooting for this, but last year, I rooted for the Angels in an illegitimate win over SF -- I was hoping for interference at the plate by Dusty Baker's son.