If I don’t have a horse in the race (i.e., a favorite team that I follow closely), I will generally root for the underdog.
Take this year’s World Series, for example. The two remaining teams to meet in the fall classic were the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. I am not a fan of either team. I would be hard pressed to name even one player from the Dodgers or Astros without Googling their team rosters. In other words, I couldn’t care less about either team.
But I am a baseball fan and I do keep up with the sport, so even though my teams were not involved in the World Series, I watched the games on TV.
The Dodgers were the favorites, which is why I decided to root for the underdog Astros. Because that’s just who I am.
It turned out to be an exceptionally exciting World Series, with the two teams duking it out in the best of seven series. When it was all over, the underdog Astros defeated the Dodgers, four games to three, to win its first World Series in franchise history.
I’m hoping that one of my favorite baseball teams will make it to the World Series next October. But if not, you can catch me rooting for the underdog once again.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “underdog.”