By now, you’ve probably heard of the suspension handed down by Major League Baseball to Ryan Braun. In case you’ve been living under a rock though, here’s a recap: Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the “competitive season”, which is supposed to be the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. For the woeful Brewers, who are well below .500, the “competitive season” will consist of 65 games (Playoffs? Cue Jim Mora right about…now.), most of which the Brewers will painfully lose now that opposing pitchers can pitch around Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura, which will bring the Brewers offense to a grinding halt. Which for the umpteenth time will bring the Brewers to yet another 90 loss season.
Which is why I’m now looking for a new favorite baseball team.
As a Brewers fan, I had the last vestige of thinking, “Yeah, the team is terrible. At least we have Ryan Braun though!” So imagine my feeling when Braun just accepted the 65 game suspension without fighting against it, which means he in some form complicit for his role in performance enhancing drugs. That was the last straw. I’m done. They teased me for a special moment in 2011 with Braun winning MVP (now tainted) and Nijer Morgan doing Tony Plushamentals all over the NLDS. That seems like a lifetime ago.
So now I’m back where I was at the tender age of 6, when I had just learned what professional baseball was and had picked my first favorite team, the Brewers. I’m searching for a new team. Yes, there’s plenty of favorite players that I have, but finding a team is much more involved. You have to be OK with the team’s roster, management, and ownership, the ballpark can’t be a dump, and the team’s fans can’t be embarassing (see Cubs, Chicago…I still can’t forget the Bartman incident).
Can a franchise be defined by one play?
Once you get past all of that, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you. The problem is, I just don’t have a clue.