With the Angels' out of it, I'm not emotionally attached to any of the teams playing in the American League Championship Series - the Tampa Bay Rays have been getting too much hype and too much love since their break out season and maybe they need to be knocked off their pedestal.
On the other hand, compared to the Boston Red Sox, they are still the plucky underdogs - a trip to the World Series [and or even winning the whole thing] would just shake Major League Baseball up.
If the Red Sox advance and win another World Series - they officially become the model Major League team of the 21st century, leapfrogging over the New York Yankees in status.
In the National League Championship Series - I like the Los Angeles Dodgers to win against the Philadelphia Phillies because I've never had any compelling feelings for the Phillies, while the Dodgers are led by Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez.
How interesting can things get when Torre is four wins away from reaching the World Series - after seemingly hearing he had lost his touch in New York? Maybe there were random grumblings [from the media, from Gary Sheffield] about Torre not being difference maker, except managing the best players money can buy in New York.
Now, he is working some of his mojo and it seems ironic he is where he is - while the Yankees failed to make the playoffs in 2008.
I guess I can jump on the Dodgers bandwagon when convenient - I can't root for them to win the World Series because I'm an Angels fan and it doesn't feel right to see another 'local' team besides the Halos win it all.
For full disclosure - it isn't the worst thing in the world if they advance and actually win the whole thing. On the other hand, they will be so tough to approach for random autograph signings in-person in the next year. Perhaps I want them to fall just short.
Imagine the scenarios if Manny being Manny's team advances to face his former team in the World Series - who unceremoniously dumped him, kicked him out the door, threw him infront of the bus, locked the doors out on him. Wouldn't it be sweet revenge to see him lead his Los Angeles Dodgers' against the Boston Red Sox?