After trolling through the blogosphere, reading the sports pages, watching ESPN, and conducting interviews with several fifth graders I student teach, I'm ready to conclude that 9 out of 10 Americans are rooting for Detroit to win the whole thing. I am one of them, or at least I thought I was one until I came to the uncomfortable realization that I'd be in the majority. I'm a contrarian by nature. That's how I came across this blog in the first place. I saw "vs" in the title and knew that this was the place for me. Most of my friends are Mets fans. My best friend in college was a Sox fan. My fiancee is a Hegelian Idealist. I subscribe to a historical materialist view of the world. I like the Kinks more than the Beatles. You get the idea.
Since yesterday I've been trying to come up with reasons to root for the Cardinals, and honestly it's like pulling teeth. Here is my best attempt:
- I just can't find it in my heart to be happy for Kenny Rogers. Sorry. Forgiveness just doesn't come that easily for me. His time with the Yanks was a disaster capped by even greater crappiness in the post-season. The whole champagne dance performance post-division series win was too much.
- The Cardinals were my favorite team to play with in RBI Baseball. Vince Coleman's speed was something to behold. Willie McGhee was one of the best all-around players in the game. Worrell, their closer, was dominant. Don't get me started on the subtle brilliance that was John Tudor.
- The Tigers were the best team in RBI Baseball. They were unstoppable: A very unlikeable group of emotionless drones who crushed your spirit every time.
- Jack Buck was a great announcer.
- Chris Carpenter seems pretty inoffensive.
- Let's be honest about Jim Leyland. Yeah, I get it. He's cool. He's the manager guy who used to chain-smoke in the dugout, wears stirrups, hits BP to his guys before the game. He's the guy who his players swear by because he calls it like he sees it. But does anyone else get the sense I get about the guy: That he's a ham. Anyone else? He takes a bit too many trips to the mound if you catch my drift. That whole God Bless America-interruptus argument seemed a little too contrived. It's like he decided that I'm going to get into an argument in the seventh inning so that I can add to my legend as patriotic firebrand. I'm going to say it JD Salinger style: Jim Leyland's a phony.
Ah, forget it. There's really no reason to root for the Cardinals unless you're from St. Louis. Detroit is America's team for the next week (or 4 games).