It was a simple question we asked to Colorado Rockies fans on Twitter: Which National League team would you be cheering for now that the Rockies have been eliminated from the postseason?
With Colorado’s 11-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, one of the best seasons in Colorado franchise history came to a quick and tough ending. For many fans, it was hard to wake up on Thursday morning knowing they had seen the last of Nolan Arenado at the plate and in the field until the Rockies report for spring training in February.
Knowing this, we asked Rockies fans if they would be supporting the Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals as these teams battled to grab this year’s National League pennant. If we learned nothing about Rockies fans from this exercise, we learned that the old mantra of cheering for whoever knocked you out of the postseason holds true … mostly.
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Of the 231 people who voted in our poll, 41 percent said they would pull for the Diamondbacks to win the National League pennant. Now, part of that voting could be because Arizona was playing the Dodgers in the next round. A perceived disdain for the National League West champion was evident as only 8 percent of our audience said they would be cheering for Los Angeles. That is the lowest support of any of the four teams.
The other NL bracket has the Nationals and Cubs battling to advance to the National League Championship Series. Rockies fans told us they would rather see Washington (34 percent) advance twice as much as the defending World Champions, who gained just 17 percent of the vote. Sounds like Colorado fans think once a century is plenty for Chicago to win the World Series.
We also received plenty of feedback from our Twitter audience telling us that they would not be cheering for any National League team now that the Rockies were out. Unofficially, a majority said (in public and direct messages) that they would be pulling for the Cleveland Indians to end their World Series drought this season.
So who are you rooting for in October and why? Let us know in the comments below.