Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm sorry this took so long. But it just wasn't an easy decision. All the false media speculation as to who I was going to pick didn't help matters. After hours of grueling thought and deep soul searching, I fully throw myself behind the Fightin' Phils.
I'm a Yankees fan. Always have been and always will (these dudes better get their shit together). With that, I've always rooted for the American League. I prefer offense to pitching, and favor a 1 through 9 line-up that can hit. The AL logo is better as well. The soaring eagle holding the ball with its talons is gangsta- powerful. On some you won't take shit from me mentality. The NL is boring. Some spread eagle- AAAYOOOO- with the sign over it.
When I say always rooted for the AL, that doesn't include 2004 and 2007 when the Red Sox were playing. That should go without saying. Honestly, I don't even recall watching those series. Must have been really boring. I would rather watch 2 Girls 1 Cup or the less applauded 2 Girls 1 Finger continuously on repeat than watch any Boston player or fan celebrate.
I don't hate the Rays. They are an enjoyable team to watch and have a roster full of young and exciting players. And how can I forget what BJ (Bossman Jr.) Upton did for my fantasy team last year. But they also fucked with the Yankees in spring training- first by breaking one of our catchers' wrists (Franciso Cervelli) on a slide at home and second by Johnny Gomes attacking Shelley Duncan at second base after he took offense to Duncan's high slide into Iwamura. Shit, we owned them for all these years, but it's still too close to home. They're in my bread box and I'm not feeling it. Of course I wanted them to beat Boston, preferably in 5, but 7 will do. On a total side note- when did all these Red Sox fans infiltrate our land. I mean everywhere you go, you hear these jerks. First it was a crew of herbs in their filthy, never washed Sox hats, but now the female fan is growing in numbers. And they might be the worst species on the planet. I was at Lansdowne Road on 10th Ave betw. 43rd and 44th for the beginning of game 7 - one of the best sports bars in NYC- and these whiny voices wearing Varitek and Pedroia jerseys were all over the place. Have some fucking pride NYC.
I want to be clear that my Met hate wasn't the impetus for this decision. Last summer the boys and I caught a late September game at Citizens Bank Park and it was a blast. It was during the Mets' historic collapse and the place was ROCKING. You know the kid was donning the Ryan Howard jersey. Another point for Philly- player named Howard. Great stadium, great atmosphere, and possibly the #1 reason, great food. Home of the Schmitter. Nuff Said. If you don't know, hit I-95 and get familiar.
I'm not a huge Giants fan (working on it) and the same goes for the Rangers, so I don't harbor any animosity for the Philly fan. And there is no Knicks-Sixers rivalry. Just Knicks-Knicks beef. The city is a great weekend trip for some cheesesteaks (I have the mean itinerary- props to John's Roast Pork on Snyder) and good times. Mitchell & Ness has their flagship store on Chestnut and I still get excited walking in the doors. As if these reasons weren't valid enough to root for J-Roll, Pat the Bat, Ladies Love Chase, Cole as Ice Hamels and Jason Soul Patch Wonder Werth, let's not forget the man we know as Philadelphia Freeway. He killed Paper Planes and is ready to tear shit up in '09.
The Phillies have just 1 title in 125 years. Everybody talks about the Lovable Cubbies, but these dudes are hurting for a championship just as much. 1980 was the last time they hoisted the trophy. The Rays are new to this. Momma Ray popped out the little Devils in 1998, so there is no urgency. Shit, this was the first year they were above 500. Patience little Rays, patience. You have to walk before you run. Just ask the baby bull.
So rock those red frames and let's get it popping. PHILLIES!! PHILLIES!!!
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