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  1. “Also basically, unless you are from St. Louis or have other familial ties to that area, I cannot recommend rooting for the Cardinals, and in fact recommend against it”

    Well said.

    Comment by El Duderino — August 14, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  2. You should have gone further back than 10 years for the postseason.

    No Washington team has made the playoffs since 1933. The only World Series victory came in 1925.

    Whether you consider Washington baseball history or Expos franchise history, the Nats should really be first on this list. The Pirates are a great choice for the second slot, though.

    Comment by cass — August 14, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  3. My team is still in it, but I’d go with the Pirates over the Nationals. Yeah, historically Washington baseball has been lolawful, but there was no Washington baseball for ~35 years. The Pirates have been depressing since Barry Bonds left. Nationals fans have only really been through 6 years of suffering (Unless someone was still pissed off about the Senators part 2 going to Texas). The Pirates have almost 20.

    Comment by Jack — August 14, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  4. Review your parameters, reviewed your data, all very good and well done.

    But in summary, let me offer:

    The Cardinals have nice uniforms, too.

    Comment by MuseumTwenty — August 14, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  5. I really like the idea of adopting a contender for the rest of the year. I’m going with the Dodgers. They’re just the most likeable to me, whatever that means.

    Comment by Mr. Smooth — August 14, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

  6. There are a number of Nats fans who grew up rooting for the 60s Senators, actually.

    I’m a Nats fan since ’05 myself, but I have friends who were Senators fans back in the ’60s. The team has catered to these fans over the years, actually. They’ve hosted a number of events featuring the 60′s Senators’ best player (Frank Howard) and stadium announcer (Charlie Brotman).

    Some fans go back longer. The Washington Post had an article not too long ago about some Nats fans who were toddlers back in 1924 and have been waiting for a Washington team to win their whole lives.

    Comment by cass — August 14, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  7. Hard to argue with the Andrew McCutchen Show.

    Comment by Toasty — August 14, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  8. While I wont be rooting for the Cardinals as my backup team, one unmentioned reason to root for them is that they are second to the Yankees in number of World Series championships. If the Cardinals win three more times before the Yankees win once, then the Yankees will no longer have more than twice as many World Series victories as the next best team. As hating the Yankees is an important part of any good baseball fan’s mindset; I think this is an important point.

    Comment by ausmax — August 15, 2012 @ 4:21 am

  9. Sorry, but that’s RedSox thinking. Being number two only sucks for number two … the Cards are no one’s underdog.

    Comment by NatsFan73 — August 15, 2012 @ 8:33 am

  10. As an AL fan, I think I like the NL contenders in exactly the order you rank them, though I might move the Diamondbacks up a few spots based on the awesomeness of 2001.

    Comment by Bryan — August 15, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  11. I’m not saying it sucks to be a Cardinals fan or that I feel sorry for them, just that it would make me happy if the Yankees were slightly less dominant than they are. It really has nothing to do with the Cardinals.

    Comment by ausmax — August 15, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  12. Might be the first time anyone has ever called the Dodgers “likeable”.

    Comment by Mike — August 15, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  13. I am actively and I mean ACTIVELY rooting for the Royals to win the next 11 World Series just to cool things down in this thread.

    I used to be one of the proverbial “best fans in baseball” but
    I quit when they quit on Vince Coleman.

    Comment by Dylan — August 15, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

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