By Chris Carosi
I’m not a baseball fan. I enjoy the game, and I respect the game, but I do not follow it. Case it point: it took me about thirty seconds to start following the Giants since moving to San Francisco from Pittsburgh.
It is a bit easier when your hometown team is the Pirates. Here’s a bit of a strange myth that only baseball can keep going: the Pirates haven’t been to the playoffs since they traded Barry Bonds to the San Francisco Giants in 1992.
I’m doing this because this venue allows it. Let’s do this.
American League East
The only division in baseball I can actually list the teams. Why? Yankees and Red Sox are burned into my medulla via ESPN. I’m going to go ahead and say that the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry will be key for this division. Also, the Rays get shafted with travel expenses by the League every goddamn year and that’s what they get for existing in Florida.
Because I pay attention to uniforms more than baseball, I realize the team name is just “Rays” and not “Devil Rays” anymore. That sucks. I mean, it’s just a ray of light? It’s intangible. Is it a particle or a wave? What does the color blue have to do with it? You can’t ride it like an underwater horse. The team is dead to me.
Who will win the division? Baltimore Orioles
What? Why them? Because no one has ever seen an oriole win anything
Dark horse: Toronto because Canadians are overrated as a people by rule
American League Central
Allow me to educate YOU about the American league Central from a casual baseball fan: “There’s a team in Kansas City?”
The Royals might be the most irrelevant sports franchise in the big 4. What was the last thing they did well? Be near some really good brisket? I think largely the Major Leagues are home to the most evil franchises in the U.S. The ones that keep their payroll purposefully low so the owners make a huge profit. Read also: Pirates, Pittsburgh.
But this division has the darker, cooler Chicago franchise. If I was a Chicagoan, I would never be caught dead rooting for a team that has a baby animal as their mascot like the Cubs. Just silly. Rooting for an article of clothing is much better.
Who will win the division? Detroit Tigers
What? Why them? Because they have descended back to earth
Dark horse: Minnesota Twins because Prince is from the Twin Cities.
American League West
Ah, the AL West, home to Jeff Gibby’s A’s and now the Astros, who moved over from the NL. See I knew that shit. They also have snazzy new unis that are very awesome. The Rangers won the pennant two years in a row recently but lost the World Series both times. I really enjoy that. Besides my surrogate relationship to the A’s via my current residence, this division sucks… I think.
Who will win the division? Oakland!
What? Why them? Elephant logo on their jerseys
Dark horse: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Located in Orange County South of Los Angeles
National League East
Lots of heavy hitters in this division that is only slightly less annoying than the AL East. Philly sports I just loathe with abandon due to their strange entitlement and this. The Braves are a respectable but unlucky franchise and the Miami Marlins are just useless. That’s all.
Who will win the division? The Mets
Dark horse: Seattle Mariners because seriously who would see that coming?
National League Central
Home to my hometown Bucs, this division is dominated by the Cardinals year-in and year-out it seems. While the Cards remain the most successful franchise no one can remember, the rest of the division deals completely in raising expectations and disappointing leagues of unnecessarily loyal people. The Reds, Brewers, Pirates, and especially the Cubbies haven’t done a damn thing since Pete Rose had this haircut more often in public.
Who will win the division? Pittsburgh Pirates
What? Why Them? It has to happen at some point
Dark horse: The Pirates also. Just let it happen.
National League West
Home of my favorite team, the Giants. They are the defending champs and they are extremely strange when compared to other teams. From a media perspective, they are the best team to not have any kind of backing by the media. They’ve won the World Series twice in the last three years with no credit.
Buster Posey is a beast. That’s about it. Elsewhere the Dodgers succeed and fail by the phases of the moon and Jonathan’s Diamondbacks I have no clue at all. This division is always competitive. See that sounded pretty informed.
Who will win the division? Not the Giants so… Colorado?
What? Why Them? Working on it… Well, they do wear purple and that counts for something.
Dark horse: Arizona. There’s a lot of support from this blog for them I think.
So there you have it. There should be some time of fund built just in case I am actually right. I’ll see you at the games!