Brewers’ Fans Rooting Guide: American League
Like last year, we are rolling out the rooting guide for all Brewers fans when it comes to the National League and American League. How I judge this is based off a few things – 1. Do they have any former Brewers on the team worth mentioning? 2. Is there any reason we, as Brewers fans, should hate their guts? 3. What’s their World Series drought look like? The third one plays into that ‘never been there before’ which fits with Milwaukee’s culture being there only once.
5. Minnesota Twins
Notable Former Brewers: None
Last World Series Title: 1991
I’ll be honest in saying that I want nothing for Minnesota. They’re similar to the Brewers in the sense that they came from nowhere to be in a one-game playoff. Minnesota would have been a few games short had they been in the National League. If Milwaukee played in the American League, this would be their game. Life isn’t fair, sometimes.
4. Boston Red Sox
Notable former Brewers: Tyler Thornburg,
Last World Series title: 2013
I don’t mind the Red Sox, but what’s there to cheer for regarding this team? They don’t have a rallying cry like 2013. They’re not that exciting of a team as Boston produces runs by making productive outs and the occasional single. Chris Sale would be the one thing to be pumped up for when it comes to the Red Sox.
3. New York Yankees
Notable former Brewers: CC Sabathia, Garrett Cooper
Last World Series title: 2009
Like I said earlier today, New York gets a bump with the CC factor. I’ll always want to watch CC Sabathia pitch in the postseason and just have fond memories of what he did for Milwaukee. Aaron Judge being in the MLB Playoffs for as long as his team will allow for is great for baseball. If he struggles, it will be interesting to see the narrative around him.
2. Cleveland Indians
Notable former Brewers: Michael Brantley
Last World Series title: 1948 (Last appeared in 2016)
I love Corey Kluber. He’s probably the AL Cy Young even though Sale has 300+ strikeouts And there are other Indians players that I like, but I don’t entirely want to see them back in the big dance. Their in-stadium support sucks, and I know it’s a logistic thing yet Milwaukee outdrew Cleveland this year by 500,000 fans. I also do not want to hear ‘Warriors’ comparisons all postseason because they are two different sports entirely.
1. Houston Astros
Notable former Brewers: Mike Fiers
Last World Series title: None (Last appeared in 2005)
Sports Illustrated predicted this team would win the World Series in 2017 a few years ago. How cool would it be if it actually happened? Houston cooled down in the second half, but they have enough talent to carrying this team to their first World Series title. Cheering for the Brewers who are built somewhat like the Astros, you’d like to see big things from this team.