Now that the Sox are done I have to pick someone else to pull for the rest of the way. I always would pull for the other Sox since my favorite player used to play for them, but ever since 2004 it has been harder to do. Once they won it I felt like a bandwagon guy. I bought a Red Sox hat a month or so before they won the ’04 series, and have only worn it a couple of times since then. I could root for the Dodgers since they swept the Cubs, but they beat the Sox back in 1959. Right now I am not the biggest Rays fan, but I think they have the best shot of winning it all. It would be hard to suddenly root for that team though. I really have nothing to say about the Phillies. What I have decided to do is to make a scientific pick. I will check the rosters of each team, and whoever has the most former White Sox players will be my new team. That should do it.
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That did not work at all. I now have a three way tie. The Phillies have Scott Eyre, the Dodgers have Pablo Ozuna, and the Rays have Chad Bradford. I was going to give it to the Dodgers because Ozuna won the series with the Sox, but decided to look at the 40 man roster and go deeper. Here is what I came up with there:
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The Phillies have Tom Gordon and Tadahito Iguchi injured right now, so they count towards the Phillies side. The Dodgers stand pat with Ozuna after the 40 man. The Red Sox gain a couple with David Aardsma and Bartolo Colon. The Rays stay put with one. So it looks as though I will have to root for the Phillies. I can also root for the other Sox team to make it to the series. Wait a minute. Both Sox teams won their last titles back to back (’04 and ’05). They did the same thing the time before that (’17 and ’18). The Red Sox won the series last year so maybe they are on tap to win this year, and then the White Sox will take the next two. I guess I will root for the Phillies and Red Sox to meet in the series, then see what my gut tells me.