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Playoff teams? Not a fan

By Ryan Korby

I’ve always found jumping onto the bandwagon of a playoff team when my favorite team isn’t in it a useless endeavor. The arguments for a Nationals fan backing another team for a month are all a little bit lame.

You could go the D.C. connection route and choose to root for the Twins or Rangers, both former installments of the Senators. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Rangers were Senators and even longer than that since the Twins were in the District. Since I was born in the 80’s, these teams having any ties to my hometown is a vague notion supported only by relics like a kid’s Senators batting helmet that belonged to my uncle that now lives somewhere deep in my parent’s basement.  

You could support divisional rivals under the logic that you can claim success by proximity. Some people may say they want the Braves to win, because the Nationals had a 10-8 record against them this season. You could always say you beat the World Series champion head-to-head. I don’t think any real fan of the Nationals could ever root for the Braves, or the Phillies for that matter; especially the considering the Philly fans’ pompous stadium takeovers. How could you ever root for a team that you just spent hating for half the year?

There have been so many trades and free agent signings over the years between the Reds and Nationals, you could use the “root for the former player” argument. Since the common denominator (Jim Bowden) has been out of Washington for two seasons now, the roster intermingling has died down, so it’s not even that good of an argument anymore.

Cheering for the Yankees is like rooting for the house at the blackjack table. It’s obnoxious. They’re the ultimate bandwagon team, you’ll find Yankees fans in Nepal.

You could employ the “similar philosophies” argument to cheer for the Rays. They spend less money than other teams in the division. They’re committed to building through the farm system. Also, they were terrible forever, so there’s hope right?

Then, there are the Giants. Since they made the playoffs I feel obligated to mention them, but the East Coast Bias is a true phenomenon. The Giants should be happy they got more than a 25-word mention.

The point is, rooting for another team feels like cheating. I am faithful to the Nats and will not be taking another club as my mistress. Missing the playoffs is the low point of being a fan. The good thing is that every day we get a little closer to Spring Training where every team starts with the same record and the Nationals have a chance of playing this time next year.

By Box Seats blogger  | October 8, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
Categories:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  | Tags:  MLB playoffs  
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