Title: More than one team
vegangoth - May 3, 2012 05:03 PM (GMT)
Is it odd to follow more than one Baseball ( or other sports ) team? I follow 3 Baseball teams because i feel the more I follow the more enjoyment I get out of the game ( and the more use I get from my MLBTV subscription :D ) plus having more than one team maximises the chance of catching a live game at a decent time. But from what i heard from a few other people, it's seem odd that I like 3 teams. Not that I care what they think lol but it's an interesting idea.
galraen - May 3, 2012 05:19 PM (GMT)
Generally I have one team that is my main team, but have one or two others that I like to see doing well; although no team that is a competitor of my main team. So the idea of liking the Yankees and the Rays I find a bit weird.
The only real exception to this rule is that I'm a Raider fan who also likes the Jets a lot.
In football I am almost 100% Pompey, but do have a soft spot for West Ham, but fortunately they haven't come into direct confrontation too often in my lifetime. When they have, then my liking for the Irons goes on hold.
Outside of English football, I only really follow Fiorentina (hence my hatred of Juventus); in cricket it's Hampshire first, second and third, although I haven't really taken cricket seriously for years.
vegangoth - May 3, 2012 05:59 PM (GMT)
Ha! Yes, I guess it is a little weird lol but I'm fine with that weird is interesting :D
metsfan247 - May 3, 2012 06:25 PM (GMT)
i have 2 baseball teams which i would class myself a fan of. The Mets and Tigers.
i watch most of their games on MLb.TV these days. I have followed both for over 30 years. back then NL and AL only ever met in the World Series (before the days of interleague play). Seemed almost natural to have a team in either league. I must say i dont really enjoy it when they play each other. Whilst i would class myself predominately a metsfan (hence my forum ID) i cannot 'root'against' the Tigers.
i also have 2 NFL teams NY Giants and NY Jets (Giants #1) -again different conferences so i did not see them as natural rivals.
as for footie teams -well i have several. :)
Rabscallion - May 3, 2012 06:27 PM (GMT)
I think inevitably for me anyway , you'll root for one more than the others.
I got into the Red Sox when they were underdogs and liked the 'british' feel off the ground and lack of Razzmatazz.
After a trip to Cincinnati I got into them a bit after having a great time at G.A.B and as they are NL feel I can kind of follow them too.
That said as I read more about the history I take an interest in others too, 71' Pittsburgh for example, but as Gal says really there can only be one.
I am not a fan of the Premier league and believe they should hang their heads in shame for what they've done to football ( are you listening ECB?) - but I will follow Everton anywhere!
If you care - there's no going back - your stuck with your choice!
paultrevII - May 3, 2012 07:26 PM (GMT)
As an alternative to supporting more than one team (which I don't think is the least bit odd), my choice is to support no particular team.
It is certainly not lack of interest in the game on my part. A vague interest in the sport became a passion after C5 started broadcasts in 1997, and I've been lucky enough to go to 50 or 60 games on visits to the USA.
I've written before on this forum that I choose to root against those teams who approach the game with a sense of entitlement. This has meant in recent years the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies. You can now add the Rangers to that list.
This attitude to the game works for me. I'd be surprised however, if anyone else on here was of a like mind.
CubbieDream - May 3, 2012 07:33 PM (GMT)
I think I'm the same as Gal in that I have one main team in each sport, then I have a couple of teams who I enjoy watching and as long as it doesn't influence or affect the main team, I'm happy to watch and cheers for them. I've never really fully supported more than one team, but if that's how you maximise your enjoyment of the sport then all power to you. Jets are always my main guys, but I'll happily hope the 49'ers do well, in college football Notre Dame are my guys, but will happily hope Ole Miss and Georgia do well too. :P
Tor - May 3, 2012 09:21 PM (GMT)
I do like to see how the Pirates are doing because
1. I was born in the year they won the WS
2. I'm Cornish (don't live there now) and my auntie and uncle are from Penzance - Penzace Pirates
reason I don't support the Pirates is I have a friend who is a Steelers fan and I have a rule that my first team cannot be from a place where a friend already supports a team.
A_C - May 3, 2012 10:02 PM (GMT)
Baseball teams are like women, having more than one on the go is too much hassle and will end in tears.
Gal, you're just a glutton for punishment. The Jets and West Ham as you're liked teams on top of the Raiders and Pompey is almost enough to have you certified :D
Leemarlin87 - May 3, 2012 10:39 PM (GMT)
Only the 1 team for me
I can't say I go out of my way to check out the scores of any other teams until I do my full score sweep in the morning.
There are a few teams that I don't mind, for example If the Marlins aren't playing till late or they have a day off, then if the Dodgers are playing early I tend to watch there games, especially if they are home, similar to the Giants as well, I think it is more to do with the fact I never see them play really as they start so late so when I get the chance I take it.
I would't say I root for them through in any way.
The bit about getting most from MLB.TV is a good shout as a reason to sort of take on a 2nd team though.
Its the same in all sports really, Football would be the only one I'd actually class as maybe a 2nd team and that I'd like to do well and that is Arsenal, but thats only because my entire family supports Arsenal and our paths haven't crossed in 12 years, but when they do I'd like nothing more then to smash them 5-0.
Mex_17 - May 4, 2012 12:37 AM (GMT)
I prefer to follow one team and pour my heart and soul into that team. Having said that, I keep an eye out for a few teams that I find entertaining (Yanks, Sox, etc.) but definitely don't 'support' them and certainly don't root for them against the Mets.
I don't understand how you can follow both the Rays and the Yankees. Supporting a team in either league is somewhat acceptable, but two teams in the same league, nevermind division, is ridiculous. That's just my opinion, though. If it increases your enjoyment of the game, who am I to judge?
StL Tim - May 4, 2012 12:30 PM (GMT)
I've only ever really had the one team that I would say I've actively supported though there are a few teams that I like to see do well. I think I used to follow more teams in the days of channel 5 and even espn america when there was obviously a mix of teams being shown live and there was a limited amount of Cardinals games. Now with mlb tv I only really seem to watch the Cards.
ToffeeYankee - May 4, 2012 02:10 PM (GMT)
Well I have five main teams, and although I'll look out for other teams, I only really care when my main five teams are playing. They are, as follows:
New York Yankees
New York Jets
Detroit Red Wings
Now I like to see the rest of the New York City Teams doing well, with the exception of the Giants, as I love New York. So if the Knicks, Islanders, Rangers, and/or Mets are doing well, then that's fine by me. I was actually born in Sheffield, but moved here to Liverpool when I was like 2 (Mum and Dad are from Liverpool, as are all of my Mum's family). As Sheffield is the 'Steel City' and is a sister city (or something) to Pittsburgh, I like to see the Pittsburgh teams doing well to. Same goes for Sheffield Wednesday. I like to see them do well, but if they were to lose, it wouldn't bother me like Everton/Yankees/Jets etc. losing.
vegangoth - May 4, 2012 02:15 PM (GMT)
I guess my teams are not equal favourites lol. Yankees will always be last on my list and the Rays being number one :D I've kept with the Yankees because they were the only team I had heard of back when I first got into Baseball.
Rabscallion - May 4, 2012 04:25 PM (GMT)
No one can ignore the Yankees that's for sure.
Vader - May 4, 2012 04:28 PM (GMT)
As was stated earlier, if could make sense to have an AL and a NL team - I kind of do...
Blue Jays are my team but I have a soft spot for the Mets after watching a Subway Series way back when Piazza started playing for them! I had conditioned myself to go for anyone other than the Yankees, made it even better that the Mets were from NYC too! :)
RaysTheRoof - May 5, 2012 07:52 AM (GMT)
The Marlins are my NL team I would follow if there was no Rays, I try to watch them online if there's no Rays game underway. I don't really care about any others, one is enough for me. What I can't respect is people who just blatantly jump on a team bandwagon when a team is doing well, I most respect loyalty, I know when I first started with the Rays they were a terrible joke who nobody watched and they lost 95-100 games every season for many years, but I stuck with them, it usually pays off to do so in the end if you are patient, well unless you are a Pirates fan LOL
vegangoth - May 6, 2012 10:30 AM (GMT)
It does make a lot of sense to have an AC and an NL team. Seems all of mine are in AC lol. I never actually gave that a thought when I got back into the game and picked teams to follow. I began to like the Rays after watching them play and never noticed that they were AC :rolleyes: I chose the Mariners purely because I follow the Seahawks in AF so I wanted another team in the same city. I'm hopeless really lol.
SNYMets - May 6, 2012 03:44 PM (GMT)
Yes, I definitely have a second team, who are the Boston Red Sox, as when I lived for almost a year in Manhattan in 2003 when I was on my post-grad student exchange programme, the only other ballpark I ever went to in those days apart from Shea Stadium was Fenway Park, I went to Boston for a long weekend with friends, and somebody got us tickets to a Red Sox v Minnesota Twins night game, I remember Kevin Millar hit a big home run over the green monster, and some other Red Sox player did too, though I can't recall who that was, so I always liked the Red Sox.
Mets/mike - May 9, 2012 09:03 PM (GMT)
Mets all the way . Red sox whenever they play Yankees ,those match ups always have the atmosphere of an old firm game.
thebob - May 9, 2012 09:33 PM (GMT)
I think most people that enjoy watching the sports they are interested in have a favorite team in that sport.
my favorites are=
New York Mets
I also look out for Alabama crimson tide, and warwickshire cricket :D