I’m about to say something that I hope you don’t all hate me for. I, Logan Lawson, am a Yankees fan.
Glad I got that off my chest.
Now I have to admit, I haven’t been able to pay as much attention to baseball as I have in years past, partially because it has been a busy summer, what with moving and getting married and such. I know, trivial things compared to professional baseball, but things I had to take care of regardless.
Lets not tell my wife about that last sentence.
Anyway, back to the playoffs. As a Yankees fan, I’ve had to adopt a second team over the past few seasons due to the struggles. That team: the Kansas City Royals. Part of the decision was as a bandwagoner, part was because my wife is obsessed with them and it kind of rubbed off on me. They have been a fun team to watch, with all of those former high draft picks finally paying off for them.
Having two teams to cheer for worked out well, until this year. The Yankees finished fourth in a surprisingly tough division, the only team with a winning record in the AL East to not make the playoffs. Respectable, but still frustrating. The Royals, on the other hand, finished third in a fairly weak division, barely finishing at .500.
So now, I have to sit here, during my favorite playoff of major professional sports, with no team to root for. Do I adopt a temporary team? I’m not a fan of anyone in the AL bracket. Despite my respect for David Ortiz, I hope the Red Sox get swept by an average of ten runs. The rest, I could care less for.
On the NL side, I can probably cheer for the Cubs, as the saddest streak in sports needs to come to an end sooner or later. I also attended a Cubs game a couple years ago, and a day in Wrigleyville can make anyone a Cubs fan.
I could also probably find it in me to cheer for the Nationals, simply because Bryce Harper is the biggest thing to hit the National League since Barry Bonds was smashing bombs into McCovey Cove.
However, I don’t really know if it is worth it for me to pick a team. Maybe I should just sit back and watch everything unfold. It has certainly been an interesting season in professional baseball. It’s easy to find indvidual players to root for when there is constantly new talent coming into the league, as has been the case the past few years, except for Tim Tebow.
Maybe I will do that. Maybe I’ll just sit back and enjoy the greatest postseason in professional sports for once.
Game of the Week
I am admittedly way too excited about this week’s Games of the Week. That’s because I will be experiencing a rematch of the 2015 six-man state championship when I travel to Cedar Rapids to see Riverside take on St. Edward in a game that will likely determine the favorite for the 2016 championship.
On the volleyball side, you can find me in Clearwater for the Clearwater-Orchard Double Triangular. Wausa and Clearwater- Orchard will take their shot at knocking off unbeaten Elgin Public/Pope John, while Chambers/Wheeler Central looks to cement their spot among the top teams in Class D2.
If you have a suggestion for our next game of the week, call me at (402) 887-4000 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Editor at Antelope County News/The Orchard News, Logan is from Kearney and has a diverse sports background, including several seasons playing semi-pro football. All columns here are the opinion of the writer only and do not represent the views of the Antelope County News or Pitzer Digital.