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  1. Hiroshima Carp.

    Comment by sporkless — May 11, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  2. Dodgers. Because of Vin Scully.

    Comment by jryansims — May 11, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  3. My favorite team is the Giants.
    My second favorite team at the moment is the Mariners.

    This judgement is totally based upon the fact that I really fell in love with Seattle when I was a teenager during the grunge years.

    And my other second favorite team is actually division rival Rockies. But I’ve always loved watching them for some reason (though I’ll still root for the GMen when they play each other).

    Comment by Nick — May 11, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  4. The Blue Jays. My aunt is Canadian, and the Jays have been the underdog in that AL East for years. I want to see an Anthopolous team win the World Series for sure.

    Comment by Morgan — May 11, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  5. First fave in the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    Second fave and favorite AL team is the Detroit Tigers because I just can’t quit Jim Leyland!

    Comment by letsgobucs — May 11, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  6. After the Cardinals and whoever plays the Red Sawx, I will go with the Rangers

    Comment by Todd — May 11, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  7. As a White Sox fn, my second favorites are the Cardinals. Anything to antagonize the Cub fans really.

    Comment by John Newfry — May 11, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  8. I would go with the tampa bay devil rays. They built a team using the draft system. Maybe it was luck, but other organizations have been trying for years (ie pitt, kc) and failed miserably. Plus, who doesn’t like Joe Maddon!

    Comment by onion — May 11, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  9. As a White Sox fan who grew up with the team after Milwaukee moved to the National League, my second team is the Brewers. I have no desire to piss off Cubs fans, instead, the Brewers are just the closest team to Chicago I can like without having eggs thrown at me.

    Comment by JJ — May 11, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  10. Mariners, simply because of their fans. Outstanding, extremely intelligent group, at least on the Internet.

    Comment by Troy McClure — May 11, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  11. I’m a Red Sox fan, and my second-favorite team is the Blue Jays.

    Comment by peterjames — May 11, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

  12. Second favorite team is the Giants, thanks to my many years living in the Bay Area listening to Kruk and Kuipe.

    Comment by Christian — May 11, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  13. My favorite teams are the White Sox and Dodgers.
    My next favorite team is the Orioles, whom have a better stadium than the Pirates. Oriole Park at Camden Yards > PNC Park

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — May 11, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  14. Now if only I could watch/listen to White Sock games any more.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — May 11, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  15. As a fellow Giants fan, I’m ashamed of Nick’s love of Tulo’s mullet and Dinger the purple bag of shame.

    My second favorite team is the A-Team. Fuck the Rockies Nick. Seriously.

    Comment by What the fuck Nick? — May 11, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  16. The Cardinals are my favorite team, but they’re blacked out where I live in Iowa, so I root for the White Sox because they’re the team on TV that is not the Cubs. An enemy of my enemy is my friend, I guess. And I think the Sox have a very interesting history of their own, and Ozzie Guillen always seems to keep things entertaining, even if he can be sort of frustrating at times. (Yet I find TLR to be far more frustrating)

    Comment by Erik — May 11, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  17. Right back at you.
    Cards fan. White Sox #2

    Comment by Dre — May 11, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  18. Fav – Tribe
    Runner-up – whoever is playing the Yankees

    Oh, not specific enough? Then San Diego it is

    Comment by JoeyO — May 11, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  19. My second favorite teams? Yankees and Red Sox. Everyone else is tied for first.

    *ba-dum-tish*

    Comment by Dan Patrick — May 11, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  20. so do you like the yankees?

    Comment by phoenix2042 — May 11, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

  21. yankees first, dodgers second. then orioles, i would have to say.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — May 11, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  22. My favorite team is the Braves and 2nd favorite is Oakland.

    I guess I just like teams with the letter A on their hats.

    Comment by ElJosharino — May 11, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  23. Have to go with the Tampa Bay Rays (can’t believe the above poster called them the Devil Rays??).

    Love how they assembled their team, the way management runs things, etc. Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2% did a great job laying out more about a subject I was already familiar with.

    Comment by Kevin Wilson — May 11, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  24. White Sox first. I guess the Blue Jays would be second, but I’ve never really thought about it much.

    Comment by PG — May 11, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  25. First, Rangers. Second, Kansas City and/or Tampa. I like the underdog and still see Tampa as a decided underdog when faced with the Yankees and Red Sox. As a child, I really liked the Astros, but that went away for some reason.

    But really, if it’s not Rangers, its TCU (college baseball).

    Comment by Eric — May 11, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

  26. Dodgers. I adopted them in the 80s as an alternative to the Mariners, who were considered even more hopeless then than they are now. I’m not proud of my sellout past; I was young and didn’t know any better. (Hey, at least it was pre-1988, so not a bandwagon jump.) But I still kind of have a soft spot in my heart for the Dodgers.

    Third would have to be White Sox, having gone to college on the South Side and caught a few games now and again while I was there.

    Comment by Random Guy — May 11, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  27. I never said anything about Dinger.

    But I would trade Tejada straight up for a strand Tulowitzki mullet.

    Comment by Nick — May 11, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  28. You owe Andrew Friedman a dollar.

    Comment by tbad — May 11, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  29. My favorite team is the Orioles. Second is the Phillies because they are my dad’s favorite and my first (several) MLB games were at the Vet. My mom’s whole family is in New England and are Red Sox fans, though. In fact, it was her dad (my grandpa) who got me into baseball and really made me a fan, so I don’t dislike the Sox as much as I should as an in-division rival. Orioles always, though.

    Comment by syh — May 11, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  30. First, O’s.
    Second, or as I call them my West Coast team, the Mariners. I was a huge Griffy, Randy Johnson, and unfortunately, Arod fan in my youth.

    Comment by Kyle — May 11, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

  31. Red Sox fan.

    My second-favorite team tends to vary with their rosters. Not necessarily whether they are good or not, but more because of a couple favorite players on their team, often dictated by who I’ve recently had in fantasy.

    For a bit it was the Mariners due to Felix and Gutierrez, currently I like Atlanta due to Venters/Kimbrel.

    Comment by theonemephisto — May 12, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  32. Ham Fighters

    Comment by Fat Spiderman — May 12, 2011 @ 1:26 am

  33. Lifelong Braves fan. But, I’d say the White Sox are my favorite AL team. Loved Frank Thomas growing up.

    Comment by J-Dub29 — May 12, 2011 @ 1:26 am

  34. My second favorite team, which I refer to as “my AL team” is the Texas Rangers.

    Comment by CubsFan — May 12, 2011 @ 1:26 am

  35. My second favorite team, which I also call “my AL team” A’s.

    Comment by Mike — May 12, 2011 @ 2:49 am

  36. I’ve always felt vaguely happy when the A’s win simply because they are the other Bay Area team, although I don’t care about them at all. I like Mariners fans, so it’s nice when Seattle does well.

    Comment by Naveed — May 12, 2011 @ 3:04 am

  37. The Twins are my first love. I can’t really root that heavily for any of the other teams in the AL, but I like the Mariners because Ichiro has been one of my favorite players for about a decade.

    NL team has been the Cardinals for a while. There’s no good reason for that.

    Comment by Ted — May 12, 2011 @ 3:46 am

  38. Cubs fan here. Had liked the Red Sox as a second team because of the history of the team, the old ballpark, and the legacy of suckiness, but then the RS went and started winning things.

    Comment by Kris — May 12, 2011 @ 3:55 am

  39. I’m a Giants fan.

    My second favourite team is, of course, whoever is playing the Dodgers.

    Comment by LondonStatto — May 12, 2011 @ 4:06 am

  40. I’m an Astros fan (:() and like some other people above, I call my ‘second favorite team’ my AL team, and it is the Twins. I have a soft spot for a small market, for Puckett, and I think Mauer is possibly the most likable dude in baseball. I can’t imagine picking a second favorite national league team.

    Comment by Summer Anne — May 12, 2011 @ 7:06 am

  41. First – Mariners
    Second – Dodgers because I was born in LA and my first 30 or so games were all inDodger Stadium. Moved to Seattle in ’94 and of course fell in love with the M’s in ’95

    Comment by pearldrummer — May 12, 2011 @ 8:06 am

  42. I’m a Red Sox fan. After visiting Camden Yards and seeing a really good game there, I have a bit of a fancrush on the Orioles.

    I’ve always been a fan of small market underdog teams. Which probably means I shouldn’t be a Red Sox fan. Oh well.

    Comment by taite — May 12, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  43. First – Yankees (grew up in the NY area)
    Second – Cubs (tons of family in Chicago and spent most of my summers there, wondering what the hell Chip Caray meant by “fisting”.)

    Comment by Vijay — May 12, 2011 @ 9:09 am

  44. Being from Toronto, the Jays are my favourite.

    My Mom is from Wisconsin, so the Brewers were my favourite team before 1977, and remain my 2nd favourite to this day – the fact that they moved to the NL made this much easier.

    To this day, I still tell my son to catch pop flies with two hands, “The way Robin Yount did it.”

    Comment by Kevin — May 12, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  45. Twins fan first, and my second favorite team has jumped all over the place.

    When I was in middle school, I started liking the Astros because of the tandem of Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner at the back of the bullpen, plus I’m particularly fond of the idea of Tal’s Hill in center field of Minute Maid Park. Around the same time, I just kept having my dad buy caps of the team that won the previous World Series (except the Yankees, and now I have a bunch of baseball caps I’m never going to wear).

    Now, I’ve become a fan of the Blue Jays. I have to cheer for them considering they’re a good team in the worst division they could possibly be in, plus their offense reminds me as a Twins fan of what home runs look like.

    Comment by Bryz — May 12, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  46. After the Braves, I really just follow teams who have a lot of players that I like. Currently my second favorite team is the Rockies. Always been a huge fan of Helton, Holliday when he was there, and now Tulo and Cargo et al. I really like Coors field as well. The view between innings of the Rocky Mountains is amazing.

    Other teams that I enjoy: Cardinals (Holliday, Pujols, Larussa), Dodgers (Scully, Ethier, Furcal – the former Brave!), and Rays (Longoria, Zobrist, Maddon!), Cubs (Wrigley!)

    Comment by fjrobinson44 — May 12, 2011 @ 9:56 am

  47. First White Sox Fan. When the ChiSox are out of contention I have to root for whatever central team is in it. But I would say my second team is the Rays, partly due to Mr. Keri.

    Comment by Dan — May 12, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  48. I grew up in St. Louis, so I’m a Cardinals fan, but my #2 is definitely the Blue Jays. They were good when I was a kid and liked rooting for winners and they’re almost good now that I’m an “adult” and like rooting for underdogs. Plus it helps that actual blue jays look like cardinals with a new paint job.

    Comment by Bryce — May 12, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  49. Before the Giants arrived, I was a Red Sox fan. Boston had Ted Williams (God) and Jackie Jensen (a local boy) and was affiliated with the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals. Still my favorite junior circuit team.

    Comment by peter ramus — May 12, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  50. Good teams. I grew up in Baltimore, but ended up working in the Phillies’ front office for four years (99-02) after college. I still live in Philly, so now it’s Phillies #1 and Orioles #2. I think if I lived in Baltimore I might reverse it… because I think it has a lot to do with which games are on every night for me to watch.

    Oh and now I get to hate BOTH New York teams.

    Comment by DeMoravia — May 12, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  51. Raised Cardinals’ fan, married a Yankees’ fan (and live in their market), the Yankees have slowly overtaken the Cardinals for me (the change probably occurred after the 2006 WS, as the team became less recognizable to me from the distance, and Rolen and Edmonds went away, Carpenter got hurt, etc. I have no connection to Wainwright (as good as he is) or Holliday, etc.).

    We have a whole hierarchy of teams we root for, and our only controversies occur when the Cardinals are playing the Brewers or Mets (I root for the Cardinals, my wife roots for the Mets or Brewers).

    Comment by sirvlciv — May 12, 2011 @ 11:16 am

  52. #1 – Dodgers
    #2 – Athletics

    Comment by atomsareenough — May 12, 2011 @ 11:22 am

  53. Yankees fan; I like the Reds, Royals, and Rays. I like homegrown teams with exciting prospects. Don’t hate me because I grew up in the Bronx.

    Comment by Kevin — May 12, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  54. My second favorite team is anyone who beats the Cubs. Lovable Loser-ism is unamerican.

    Comment by Hardscrabble — May 12, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  55. Twins first, Indians second. Growing up in the 90′s I loved Cleveland because the Twins were awful and Cleveland had all those great hitters. Even now, although I’m a bigger Twins fan, I think I like Cleveland more just because their front office doesn’t piss me off like the Twins does.

    Comment by Andrew — May 12, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  56. #1 White Sox

    #2 Indians. Even though there’s a bit of rivalry between my teams, I lived in Cleveland for a few years. Loved it, love the Jake, love the fans.

    Comment by kylemcg — May 12, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  57. I’m a Royals fan. After that, I have a group of teams that I enjoy watching for a variety of reasons. None of them are in NY, CA, BOS, or TX because screw those places. In no particular order:

    1) Braves – Games were televised on TBS when I was growing up. Greg Maddux was insanely fun to watch. John Schuerholz is the man.

    2) Cubs – Games were televised on WGN when I was growing up. Wrigley field bleacher seats for a weekday day game = damn close to heaven. Dad’s side of family from Chicago (though they’re all White Sox fans – see #8).

    3) Brewers – Named after beer makers. Fans are zealous but bearable. Greinke.

    4/5/6/7) Reds, Rockies, Rays, Pirates – Good young players. Fun to watch. Haven’t won a title in a while, or ever, so the fans don’t seem entitled.

    8) The rest of the AL Central except the White Sox – Ridiculous homerism of Southside announcers & fans makes it nigh on impossible to cheer for the team of my father and grandfather. Plus a couple of their fans, in some twisted, drunken father/son bonding ritual, viciously attacked our first base coach. Mom’s side is from Cleveland area and I grew up going to some games there + the city produced Joe Posnanski. Twins/Tigers I’ll root for when they’re not playing the Royals, as well.

    Comment by Tim — May 12, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  58. I left out 1 important detail from #3: Uecker.

    Comment by Tim — May 12, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  59. My second-favorite team, after some thought, is the White Sox. I think it has something to do with the simple black-and-white scheme. If I were a ballplayer, I’d love to be a South Sider. Also, Ozzie.

    Comment by Matt — May 12, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  60. It seems a lot of people like to bring this up when I tell them I’m a white sox fan. Just a couple of a-holes. Pity it changes your opinion about the sox.

    Comment by kylemcg — May 12, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  61. Well, as a Jays fan, it was the Expos, but not even a lick of interest followed to the Nationals. So my “NL team” is probably the Rockies now. My second AL team was the Red Sox, but now it’s probably the Royals (the 1985 defeat of a superior Jays team is a long time gone) or the Rangers (residual young kid Nolan Ryan love). But it’s basically Jays – every NL team – rest of AL – if I got to pick a WS winner most years.

    Comment by test — May 12, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  62. By the way, I was talking about the father/son duo – not the announcers.

    Comment by kylemcg — May 12, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  63. The A’s are my one true love.

    After that I go with the Cardinals since I went to college in Stl. and still currently live there. I love the fanatacism of the city.

    Comment by TheGrandslamwich — May 12, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

  64. I am from Baltimore so the Orioles are #1. #2 is the Braves (NL East). I will forever be a Bobby Cox fan and I grew up and continue to be a Chipper Jones fan. Next to Cal Ripken, Chipper is my favorite player :)

    Comment by CutieWithABootie — May 12, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

  65. Then you’d like this photo of Barack Obama and Albert Pujols together.

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Albert+Pujols/Barack+Obama

    Comment by George — May 12, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  66. This is a great topic, reading people’s stories has been surprisingly fun. The Red Sox are my favorite team, NL team is the Phillies, where I live now. And actually, 3rd favorite team is the Royals, because of Joe Posnanski.

    Comment by Simon — May 12, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  67. Favorite: Dodgers

    2nd Favorite: Nationals. Lived in DC for almost 3 years. Familiarity breeds the opposite of contempt.

    Comment by filihok — May 12, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  68. So about 1988… happy and sad?

    Comment by Mac — May 13, 2011 @ 12:24 am

  69. Fav: Oakland A’s

    2nd fav: Minnesota Twins

    Why? No strong reason, but I think I like ‘em because they’re the team that most resembles the A’s, they’re the two small market/low budget success stories. Like if the A’s didn’t exist, the Twins would be the A’s.

    Comment by Mac — May 13, 2011 @ 12:26 am

  70. The Brewers used to give my Jays fits when they were in the AL but now that they’re in the NL central taking on the over sentimentalized “cubbies” I’m a fan.

    Comment by EdwardM — May 13, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  71. Boston fan first. Tampa Bay Rays fan second.

    It’s been great watching them go from being AAAA to one of the best teams in the league. I eat and breathe Red Sox baseball but I have to be honest, it wasn’t terribly heartbreaking to see the Rays beat them in the 2008 ALCS.

    Even right now, seeing Tampa tied with NY for 1st in the AL East takes a lot of the sting out of the bad start for Boston.

    Comment by Sam — May 13, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  72. Well, the Dodgers are my #1 team, so, I was more happy than sad about it :)

    Actually, it was 1988 that first really brought the A’s on my radar. I was just 7 years old at the time, born and raised a Dodger fan, but ever since I started really following baseball, I had a lot of fear/admiration/respect for the A’s. They had a lot of really intimidating players: Eckersley, Dave Stewart, the Bash Brothers (McGwire and Canseco). So, even though we beat them, I came away from that series kinda liking the A’s as well. Plus then I was on a Little League team that was called the A’s. And then of course, the next year they beat the Giants in the World Series, and as a Dodger fan, what could be more endearing than that!

    Then I went to college at UC Berkeley during the “Moneyball” era, and now I live in the East Bay again, so adopting them as my second team was even more natural. Plus, the rivalries work out great, because I can hate both the Giants and the Angels without any reservations on behalf of both teams.

    So, it just makes a lot of sense to me on many levels.

    Comment by atomsareenough — May 13, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  73. I can never make up my mind, so I guess I don’t even have a favorite team.

    Teams I follow in the boxscores: Rays, Indians, A’s, Angels, Brewers, Pirates.

    I might have stayed an Indians fan (my original favorite back in the 70s) if they booted Wahoo and even changed the name (“Spiders” would be great). The ’78-’79 Pirates were the first team to ‘reward’ me though, with a WS. Like Dayn I have a existing affectionf for them — plus PNC looks fantastic.

    Of the group mentioned above, I’d say the Rays are my favorite at this second, though. That’s always subject to change…

    Comment by Charles F — May 13, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  74. Lifelong Cub fan. The Braves became my second-favorite team when they signed Maddux.

    Comment by Ben — May 13, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

  75. Growing up in the Tampa area, I became a Braves fan early on because you could always catch their games on TBS and they were the closest team to Florida (Marlins and Rays were not around yet). Then 1998 happened and we got a team in Tampa so I naturally became a fan. I don’t think of either team as a second favorite, though. Atlanta is simply my NL team and Tampa Bay my AL squad. If they were to ever meet in the World Series (wonderful thought!), I am not sure what I would do.

    Comment by cobradc23 — May 16, 2011 @ 12:20 am

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