And when it comes to reading sports card blogs, I'm the exact same way. So it's not surprising that one of my favorite posts each year is Night Owl's 30 Team post, where he ranks all 30 MLB teams based on how much he likes them.
His favorite team is obviously the Los Angeles Dodgers, while his least favorite team is their interstate rival the San Francisco Giants. It's the teams in between along with the cards he chose to represent each team that makes the post interesting.
Every year I mentally contemplate my personal list. This year... I figured I'd share it with you. However I'm not as dedicated as Night Owl. I'll be narrowing my list down to my five favorite and least favorite teams, because I don't really have any strong opinions on the twenty teams in the middle.
Since I'm already copying Night Owl's idea for a post, I figure I'd better at least switch up the baseball card set. He chose the iconic 1993 Upper Deck set, because it's his favorite UD set.
I decided to go with my favorite Topps design: 1956. Unfortunately, I don't have the pleasure of owning that set, so I'll be using cards from the 2005 Topps Heritage set I picked up a few years ago.
#1: Oakland Athletics
2005 Heritage #155
This shouldn't be too big of a surprise. If asked to rank my favorite sports franchises, the A's would still be ranked #1. I have been a fan of the Green and Gold for as long as I can remember.
#2: San Diego Padres
2005 Heritage #349
Another no-brainer. I've been a Tony Gwynn and San Diego Padres fan since the mid 80's.
#3: Houston Astros
2005 Heritage #261
There's definitely a huge gap between #2 and #3. I'd never go as far as calling myself an Astros fan, but I am a huge Jose Altuve fan. Plus it was really cool seeing them win their first World Series title last November. If the A's and Padres can't win the World Series... I'd have no problem seeing the Astros win back to back titles.
#4: Seattle Mariners
2005 Heritage #7
He's back. And because of that... the Mariners have climbed my team rankings. Seattle is one of my favorite cities and they're one of the seven remaining MLB teams without a World Series title.
#5: Atlanta Braves
2005 Heritage #273
I've watched more Braves games over the years than any other team outside of the A's and Giants. It's been more than a decade since I've had TBS, but throughout the 90's, I spent a lot of time watching Chipper, Maddux, Glavine, and company. Good times.
Okay... now that you've seen the cream of the crop... let's shift to the bottom of the barrel:
#26: Los Angeles Angels
2005 Heritage #33
Back in the 80's, I kinda liked the California Angels when they had guys like DeCinces, Downing, Carew, Boone, Grich, and Lynn. Fast forward 30+ years, I'm not as big of a fan. Although I'll quietly be rooting for Ohtani this season.
#27: Texas Rangers
2005 Heritage #375
The Dallas Cowboys are one of my least favorite franchises in all of sports and they play about a mile away from the Texas Rangers. I guess you can say this is a prime example of being guilty by association.
#28: San Francisco Giants
2005 Heritage #61
It wasn't long ago that I despised the San Francisco Giants. Their popularity in the Bay Area has skyrocketed over the past few decades, while the Athletics fanfare has been on the decline over the same period of time.
I don't necessarily hate them anymore. But I wouldn't be surprised if this is the highest you'll ever see them on my rankings.
#29: Los Angeles Dodgers
2005 Heritage #30
When it came down to the Giants and Dodgers, I had a tough time choosing between which team I liked/disliked more. I don't hate either team, but I don't like them either. It came down to who I'd root for if I were at a game... and now that the Dodgers have built this super team, I think I'd end up cheering for Buster Posey and the Giants. Unless Kershaw was one the mound. I love watching that guy pitch.
#30: New York Yankees
2005 Heritage #400
Night Owl always reserves (I think) the final spot on his chart for the San Francisco Giants. On my list... that spot will always be claimed by the New York Yankees and I have twenty-seven reasons to back it up.
Well... there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post, because that's about two hours I'll never get back. I tip my cap to all of the bloggers out there who write detailed posts with tons of scans. I'm gonna go back to short and simple posts. That's more my style.
Who are your least favorite sports teams?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!