Who’s Your Second-Favorite Team?

While we fans spend a fair amount of emotional currency on our favorite teams, many of us also adhere to a more leisurely form of tribalism. I speak of that thing called “The Second-Favorite Team.” It is liberating, this thing. While the fates of Cardinals can drive me to behave like a colicky infant or street murderer with nothing left to lose, my Second-Favorite Team inspires in me no such moron’s inclinations.

So without further throat-clearing: My Second-Favorite Team is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Why? The stovepipe hats of my youth helped, as did the dancing on the dugout during the ’79 run at the belt and the title, as did Pops Stargell, who is so cool that he simply must be the eldest son of the Statue of Liberty. Also entered into evidence is the fact-pinion that PNC is the best ballpark around. As well, longstanding is my weakness for cocaine-dealing bird-men.

And now I yield the floor to you, page viewers. What are your Second-Favorite Teams?

Second-Favorite Teams! Let us loosen these, the chains of giving a shit!

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  1. jryansims says:

    Dodgers. Because of Vin Scully.

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  2. Nick says:

    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).

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  3. Morgan says:

    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.

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  4. letsgobucs says:

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

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  5. Todd says:

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

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  6. John Newfry says:

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

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  7. onion says:

    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!

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  8. JJ says:

    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.

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  9. Troy McClure says:

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

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  10. peterjames says:

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

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  11. Christian says:

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

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  12. My echo and bunnymen says:

    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

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  13. What the fuck Nick? says:

    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.

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  14. Erik says:

    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)

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  15. JoeyO says:

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

    Oh, not specific enough? Then San Diego it is

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  16. Dan Patrick says:

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


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  17. phoenix2042 says:

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

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  18. ElJosharino says:

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

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

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  19. Kevin Wilson says:

    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.

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  20. PG says:

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

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  21. Eric says:

    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).

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  22. Random Guy says:

    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.

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  23. syh says:

    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.

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    • DeMoravia says:

      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.

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  24. Kyle says:

    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.

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  25. theonemephisto says:

    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.

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  26. Fat Spiderman says:

    Ham Fighters

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  27. J-Dub29 says:

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

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  28. CubsFan says:

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

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  29. Mike says:

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

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  30. Naveed says:

    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.

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  31. Ted says:

    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.

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  32. Kris says:

    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.

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  33. LondonStatto says:

    I’m a Giants fan.

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

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  34. Summer Anne says:

    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.

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  35. pearldrummer says:

    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

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  36. taite says:

    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.

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  37. Vijay says:

    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”.)

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  38. Kevin says:

    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.”

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  39. Bryz says:

    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.

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  40. fjrobinson44 says:

    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!)

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  41. Dan says:

    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.

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  42. Bryce says:

    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.

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  43. peter ramus says:

    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.

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  44. sirvlciv says:

    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).

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  45. atomsareenough says:

    #1 – Dodgers
    #2 – Athletics

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    • Mac says:

      So about 1988… happy and sad?

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      • atomsareenough says:

        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.

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  46. Kevin says:

    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.

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  47. Hardscrabble says:

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

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  48. Andrew says:

    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.

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  49. kylemcg says:

    #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.

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  50. Tim says:

    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.

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  51. Matt says:

    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.

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  52. test says:

    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.

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  53. TheGrandslamwich says:

    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.

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  54. CutieWithABootie says:

    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 :)

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  55. Simon says:

    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.

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  56. filihok says:

    Favorite: Dodgers

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

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  57. Mac says:

    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.

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  58. EdwardM says:

    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.

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  59. Sam says:

    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.

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  60. Charles F says:

    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…

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  61. Ben says:

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

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  62. cobradc23 says:

    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.

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