I actually painted this months ago.
Because, you know, back then I knew the Cubs would be playing deep into October.
To be honest, I didn't figure they'd win the Series this year anyway, but once you get in... hell even the Brewers can do it.
You just never know.
So many people have asked me who to root for now.
Well, let's see...
You know how much I dislike the franchise in Houston.
When my kids were little, we were all driving to get a hot dog in my old crappy little convertible with the Cubs v Astros on the radio when Roy Oswalt hit Alfonso Soriano square in the back, prompting dad (me) to not just say, but rather yell at the top of his lungs, some of the absolute worst kind of language known to man.
After which, young Wyatt sitting in the back seat said, "Yeah, that F#CK@R %SSH$LE!"
Okay... he didn't really say that.
But still I blame the Astros for any foul language my kids say because... because it's THEIR FAULT MY KIDS LEARNED BAD LANGUAGE FROM ME.
So anyway, no to the Astros.
The Red Sox?
Sorry, can't pull for an AL team with such high falutin numbers.
Are you out of your mind?
Of course everybody likes tonight's starter Clayton Kershaw and I do too.
But the NLDS sweep in '08 will always cause me to... I can only root for the Dodgers if the next round puts them against the Cubs.
Because beating the Dodgers is the next best thing to getting to the Series.
So... that leaves the Milwaukee Brewers.
Who I'm gonna pull for and here's why:
Even though there is no other more despicable player on the planet than Ryan Braun, I want the Brewers to win to sort of promote the NL Central.
This Central is going to be beyond scary next year.
We all thought the Pirates were gonna hibernate after selling off McCutchen and Cole, but then they grabbed Chris Archer and made a different kind of statement.
The Reds - if those guys get pitching, nobody's gonna want to play them because bats.
The Cardinals are going to be the Cardinals.
Young pitchers we just got to see glimpses of last year will do that Cardinal thing and become little Chris Carpenters and Adam Wainwrights.
And the Brewers?
Right now those guys get to wear Darth Vader masks.
And if they go all the way, they'll get to keep those masks on.
Which is why I want 'em to win.
Because there's nothing sweeter than knocking off Darth Vader.
2019, please hurry.