Rooting for the Texas Rangers in the World Series
At the dawn of the Major League Baseball playoffs, Tablet Magazine endorsed the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rays lost in their divisional series. The Brewers lost in their championship series. Do the Texas Rangers even want us to root for them in the World Series?
First, the Brewers. Ryan Braun, the Hebrew Hammer and our main rooting interest, has nothing to be embarrassed about. The Brewers won their first playoff series since 1982, and over this postseason, Braun hit .405 with two home runs and 10 RBI. The Brewers were felled by their bullpen and lack of a credible hitter in the five-spot. It’s an open question whether first baseman Prince Fielder will be back, but Braun is signed through 2020. And he’s the real thing—the “best Jewish slugger since Ken Griffey Juniorblum,” as The Onion explains. Go Milwaukee.
Now, to the World Series: Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, opening tonight in St. Louis. Second baseman Ian Kinsler picked himself up after a mediocre division series and played much better against the Detroit Tigers. In this postseason, he’s gotten on base four in every ten at-bats, stolen a couple bases, and even hit a home run—as much as you can ask from your leadoff man. Texas—which was originally the second Washington Senators team—will be going for its franchise’s first world championship ever (they lost the World Series last year, you may recall). We wish them the very best.
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