The Phillies won the first game of the World Series last night. It's been 28 years since Philadelphia won its one and only World Series, so the Phillies winning this one won't break my heart. But I must confess, if I'm pulling for anyone, I'm pulling for the Rays.
For one thing, they've got the story. How compelling is their Worst-to-First angle? Add their rock-bottom payroll to the mix, and a Tampa Bay Series championship just sounds a lot more exciting to me than a win for the Phillies, no matter how well deserved, or how great the positive impact on Varjak's mental health.
I was born a Baltimore Orioles fan, so that's where my loyalty would lie if, hypothetically, the O's ever had a reason to keep playing following the end of the regular season. The Orioles haven't played in a World Series since beating the Phillies in 1983, and haven't even put up a winning season since 1997, so come most Octobers I have to consider a few factors before taking a rooting interest in one team or another. I generally think of myself as an American League guy, but it's not quite that simple. To better illustrate my process, I've prepared a flow chart.
I shit you not, I'd pull for a line-up of pedophiles over the Yankees. For me to root for the Yankees, they'd have to be playing a goddamn football team.