Tonight... I'll be ranking the seven playoff teams who will be receiving my support and temporary fandom in some capacity. To help clarify... I'll add percentages next to the team's name to represent how much of my heart beats for each specific team.
#1 Chicago Cubs 73%
1965 Topps Embossed #58
There's a soft spot in my heart for the Cubbies. It's been seventy years since they've gone to the World Series and 107 years since they've won it. Plus... who doesn't want to see the Back to the Future prediction come true?
#2: Pittsburgh Pirates 11%
1976 Topps #112
Here's another team who has been through a World Series drought and if the Cubs can't beat them on Wednesday, I'll be pulling for the Pirates to win it all.
#3: Houston Astros 9%
1979 Topps #68
The Astros have history on their side when it comes to these rankings. I'm a huge fan of their retro "rainbow" uniforms... and they've never won a World Series title.
#4: Kansas City Royals 3%
I really disliked the Royals when I was a kid. They were such a dominating force from the mid 70's to the mid 80's... and that bugged me. But that's in the past. George Brett is long gone and it's been thirty years since they've won a World Series title. And if the Astros can't make it past the Yankees on Tuesday... I'm hoping they'll represent the American League this year.
#5: New York Mets 2%
1985 Topps #620
When I think of the Mets, the first person who comes to mind is Dwight Gooden... and back in the 80's, one of my favorite sports debates was Gooden vs. Clemens. Clemens ultimately triumphed, but I'll always be a Gooden guy. With that being said... it wouldn't kill me to see them win the World Series.
#7t: Toronto Blue Jays 1%
1980 Topps #77
Growing up... I was a huge fan of Dave Stieb... so I'd quietly pull for the American League team from Canada when he took the mound. However... ever since they won back to back World Series in the 90's, the Blue Jays have lost their luster. The only reason they make this list is because there's no way I'd pull for the Texas Rangers.
#7t: St. Louis Cardinals 1%
1968 Topps #408
There's a small piece of me that wants to see the Cardinals win and it comes down to supporting my buddy Brady over at St. Louis Cardinals' Cardboard. Damn you Brady! Why do you have to be such a cool dude?
As for the rest of the pack... I have no desire at all to see the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, or Texas Rangers go on to win the 2015 World Series. But with my luck... there's a good chance one of them will.
It's your turn...
Who has your support this postseason?
Happy Sunday and sayonara!