I don’t know that I was born an O’s fan, but I was raised one. From about 1985 it was all about the Birds, and then 20 years later the Nats happened.
I was still an O’s fan after baseball returned to D.C., it’s just that they took a backseat. Even though both teams more or less stunk these past seven years, we’ve followed them along the way, and this blog’s coverage of each reflects the pecking order: Nats 1 (595 posts), O’s 1-A (266 posts).
It’s been easy enough to root for both (again, because they haven’t been good), except for when they’ve faced off in interleague play. Then, we pretty much root for all to do well and none to sweep. It’s as fun as it sounds.
But this, both teams being in first place in September, this is fun. It also increases the chances that it will get really uncomfortable.
The Nats have a 7.5-game lead in the NL East, meaning they’re almost a lock for the division and probably have at least a 25-percent chance of winning the pennant. I can’t believe I just got to write that sentence.
The O’s are tied for the AL East lead, 1.5 games up in the Wild Card. The math’s a little murkier, but let’s just assume they earn the Wild Card and therefore have about a 12.5-percent chance of making the World Series (though I believe it’s actually quite lower than that).
That means there’s at best a three-percent chance these Nats and O’s meet in October. Meaning, there’s a three-percent chance I’ll be rooting for Washington but kind of hating myself for it. It would be the good kind of hate.