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How to Choose Your Second Favorite Team

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Our friendly guide to choosing a rooting interest that falls outside the South Side. It just can’t be the Yankees

It’s Watch And Wait For Baseball Strike

We all know that the White Sox are the be-all, end-all of great teams. But heck, they do have days off, and everyone needs a second favorite team to keep the baseball blood flowing during those painful times in which the Sox aren’t currently playing.

I, for one, have fond memories visiting my grandparents in Texas and attending games at the Astrodome and Minute Maid Park (which was Enron Field at the time … oops!). And as a small, Little League second baseman, Craig Biggio was my hero. Unfortunately, the Astros switched from the NL to AL and then decided to cheat their way to the top. I had no choice but to abandon them.

I have since moved to L.A. The Dodgers are the local team I cheer for, but I can’t stomach the thought of calling them my second favorite club. So, because of my many close Wisconsin buddies, I landed on the Brewers. Miller Park is a delightful place to take in a game, and they are a tough-as-nails, small-market team with great fans that reminds me of our own South Side community.

Choosing a second favorite team can be tough, so I have created some guidelines to help.

Location, Location, Location

This used to be the most pivotal part of selecting a second favorite team, but with MLBTV, it is a little less important. That being said, your secondfavoriteness is going to last longer if you can actually watch the team play in person from time to time. But TOO close is no good. You can’t be a Sox AND Cubs fan. That is delusional, and borderline seditious.

League of Their Own

When choosing your second favorite club, you may want to consider a team from the opposite league. In our case as White Sox fans, the National League. I personally prefer the AL, but I’m very unwilling to cheer against the White Sox, and they play way more AL teams than NL teams. If you do decide to stick with the AL, get out of the Central Division. Anyone who claims to be a Twins AND Sox fan is a poser riding two bandwagons at one time. Time to hop off, buddy.

Turn Your Swag On

There is a reason no one’s second favorite team is the Miami Marlins. And that reason is …their jerseys and hats are trash. When choosing your No. 2, you must go with a squad that sports logos and colors that fit you. If you don’t look fly in the gear, then there is no chance that your fandom will hold. It’s much easier to rock the stylish new Padres look than the festival of barf that we see on the Diamondbacks’ … backs.

Yank-ing Your Own Chain

This one is simple. Your second team can’t be the Yankees. Don’t compromise your soul. You only have one.

Love the Player and Not the Team

There are some players out there who are just so damn cool that you want to cheer for them. Look at Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Fernando Tatis Jr., or even a social media stud like Marcus Stroman. If that player makes you love the game more, that might be enough to brew your new backup fandom.

But I don’t care how much you like Aaron Judge — it still can’t be the f***ing Yankees.

Poll

Who is your second favorite team?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Atlanta Braves
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Baltimore Orioles
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Boston Red Sox
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Chicago Cubs
    (4 votes)
  • 11%
    Whoever the Cubs Are Playing
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    Cincinnati Reds
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Cleveland
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    Colorado Rockies
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Detroit Tigers
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Houston Astros
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Kansas City Royals
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Greater Metropolitan L.A. Area
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Miami Marlins
    (2 votes)
  • 15%
    Milwaukee Brewers
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Minnesota Twins
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    New York Yankees
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Whoever the Yankees Are Playing
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    New York Mets
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Oakland A’s
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Philadelphia Phillies
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    San Diego Padres
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    San Francisco Giants
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Seattle Mariners
    (6 votes)
  • 8%
    St. Louis Cardinals
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    Tampa Bay Rays
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Texas Rangers
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Toronto Blue Jays
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Washington Nationals
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Montreal Expos
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Seattle Pilots
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Washington Senators
    (0 votes)
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