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Lsuhoohoo
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re: DAT 5/14 Rangers (Benjamin) @ Astros (CK) 7:10 CDT
Not sure about y'all but having been in the AL for 8 years now, I still haven't "bonded" with our divisional teams. The Rangers, ok they're regional our fans are intermingled, that one makes some sense. Oakland we've formed a bit of a rivalry with, mutual dislike, we've bounced them from the playoffs but meh. And the Mariners and Angels..to me they're just there.
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Jwho77
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re: DAT 5/14 Rangers (Benjamin) @ Astros (CK) 7:10 CDT
I don't feel the rivalries either but I have grown fond of the American League. I think the main rivalries that are good for MLB business (like NYY-BOS, CHI-STL, SF-LA) will easily be kept together post-expansion so new divisions will work fine. I won't miss the current West division we'll surely leave, just greatly prefer we stay in the AL.


Dire Wolf
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re: DAT 5/14 Rangers (Benjamin) @ Astros (CK) 7:10 CDT
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just greatly prefer we stay in the AL.



I miss the central time away games but I, too, would prefer Yed hitting bombs


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Domeskeller
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re: DAT 5/14 Rangers (Benjamin) @ Astros (CK) 7:10 CDT
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Not sure about y'all but having been in the AL for 8 years now, I still haven't "bonded" with our divisional teams.


Agreed. There's nothing special about playing any of these teams, even the A's and Rangers. The next Astros-Mariners game that will be important for both teams will be the first. I'd rather play the Reds and Braves and Dodgers 19 times a year. I liked being in the NL with the pitcher batting, though that won't matter after this season once the DH becomes universal. And I also liked playing familiar opponents, some of whom I still loathe (Dodgers, Mets, Reds, Cardinals, Cubs come to mind). With all due respect to George Springer, Blue Jays-Astros seems as random as an opponent a basketball team draws in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The AL has mostly been good for the win-loss bottom line, though I think the Astros probably would have been just as successful in the NL with the way Luhnow amassed the talent on this team. But Rangers-Astros is not a rivalry to me and never will be. The Rangers are the little brother too dumb to get out of the weather. I can't respect or take seriously a franchise that didn't put a roof on its stadium until the second time they built one in Texas. The Astros had that figured out more than 50 years ago.
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