It’s October, and that means it’s time for the baseball playoffs. It’s the best time of year. While I follow baseball all season long, I understand that some people only tune in for the postseason. So, I figured I’d write up a quick and dirty rooting guide for those just tuning in.
The World Series starts on Tuesday and will be the Los Angeles Dodgers traveling to Boston to face the Red Sox. This makes the World Series easy, just pick a team to root for, you really can’t go wrong. Both teams have incredibly fun players like Kiké Hernandez, Yasiel Puig, Brock Holt and Rafael Devers. Both teams have the ultimate in talent like Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Manny Machado and Clayton Kershaw. They even have fun managers in Dave Roberts and Alex Cora (and both of them were really fun players in their playing days). Both teams have long, rich histories. The Dodgers haven’t won in thirty years and are going in as the underdogs. But the Sox were the best team in baseball this season and sometimes it’s nice to see greatness rewarded.
On a personal note, this is a dream World Series matchup for me and my family. My father is a die hard Dodgers fan. My mother is a loyal Red Sox fan. I go with the Sox, but my brothers side with the Dodgers. But we all genuinely root for both teams. My parents have been waiting almost fifty years for this matchup and it’s finally here.
Since you can’t go wrong, I honestly don’t know what to tell you about choosing a side. If you like the American League, go Sox, if you like the National League, go Dodgers. If you live in the western half of the country, pick the Dodgers, eastern half, pick the Red Sox. If you like Aruba, choose Sox, or if you prefer Curacao, it’s the Dodgers. Flip a coin. Or do what I’m going to do and hope for seven of the most exciting baseball games we’ve ever seen. This is going to be fun.