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10/6: Playoff open thread

The Evil Empire Vs. The 2017 World Series Champions

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We'll try to get one of these up per day. No promises on analysis, word count, or anything.

New York Yankees

Reasons to root for:
  • Alex Rodriguez's redemptive storyline.
  • Dustin Ackley, who I still kind of feel non-hateful things for.
  • The fact that this is the least invasive, obtrusive, loathsome, Jeter-filled, media slobbered over Yankee team in 2 decades. They're even kind of underdogs.
Reasons to root against:
  • The Yankees.
  • Arod Popcorn
  • WAAAAHHHHH Why do they always get better?
  • The horrible atrocity that is New Yankee Stadium
  • The Yankees
  • It's 213 feet down the right field line
  • Derek Jeter

The Houston Astros

Reasons to root for:

  • Not the Yankees
  • Cinderella Story
  • No World Series titles
  • Jose Altuve is small
  • Tal's Hill
  • Go Smart Baseball People Persons
  • Astros Mustache
Reasons to root against:
  • Talented youth is insufferable youth
  • All youth is insufferable youth
  • Smart Baseball People are dicks to high schoolers
  • Two years ahead of schedule. No one likes a showoff.
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Dallas Keuchel's stupid beard
  • Getting rid of Tal's Hill
  • AL West hated foes
  • Enron
  • Trains are an outdated, inefficient, and antiquated mode of travel.