Who Do We Root For Now?

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The major league baseball playoffs begin today, without the Red Sox, which is a huge bummer for spoiled-rotten Red Sox fans.

So now the top priority for every Red Sox fan is, of course, rooting for the Yankees to lose. 

They haven’t won a World Series since 2009, and if they flame out again this fall, it will be the first calendar decade in a century without a Yankee team in the Series.

Sweet.

It looks to me like the Yankees have the same problem as last year – plenty of sluggers but not enough pitching. I like the Twins to take them out in the first round, and am rooting for a sweep, because when you’re a Red Sox fan, that’s what you do.

Once New York is disposed of, plunging New York sports fans into the deep loser’s despair they so richly deserve, it will be time to root against the Dodgers. 

Why? 

Because they’re from L.A., and as you know, scientific studies have found the most common first words of New England toddlers over the years are: “Beat L.A.”

I like the Houston Astros to go all the way this year, for two random reasons. 

They have my favorite non-Red Sox player, Jose Altuve. And they have great pitching, the only major league team to go all season without giving an intentional walk.

In a year when the juiced-up ball is yielding far too many home runs, that’s quite a distinction. 

And if you think that’s a rank on the homer-crazy Yankees, you are right.

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