A few days ago, I asked the question as to what team you’d root for if not for the Yankees. My memory of this was jogged last night when “Captain Jack” made this comment in RAB’s Open Thread. If you don’t feel like clicking through, Jack listed his most-hated team and his favorite-non-Yankee team. I figured I’d do the same and take it a bit farther and make a lineup out of it. Anyway, let’s name the players first.
C–Joe Mauer…This one’s obvious. He’s awesome at baseball and I truly enjoy rooting for him. Plus, some people say we kind of look a like.
1B–Joey Votto…Another one I enjoy rooting for, Votto is massively underrated and is really mashing this season. He’s currently got a .415 wOBA and is second in NL 1B WAR (3.0) to San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez (3.5).
2B–Chase Utley…Yeah, he looks greasy and I don’t really care for the Phillies much, but Utley’s the best second baseman in the game (Cano’s gaining on him) and I’ve always liked him.
3B–Evan Longoria…It’s hard to think of anything this guy does poorly on the field. Like the others, he’s just fun to watch.
SS–Hanley Ramirez…He’s Hanley. What more is there to say? Troy Tulowitzki was a close second.
LF–Carl Crawford…Watching him get to every damn ball out in left is enthralling.
CF–Austin Jackson…He was the first prospect I really followed through the minors and though he’s been scuffling of late, I’m rooting for him.
RF–Shin Soo Choo…I think he’s the most underrated player in baseball.
DH–Adam Dunn…Lot’s of homers? Check. Lot’s of walks? Check. Lot’s of love from Matt? Check…just don’t let him put on a glove.
SP–Tim Lincecum…We have the same birthday. Score.
SP–Cole Hamels…Man crush since ’06
SP–Dan Haren…Super underrated because of Brandon Webb
SP–Josh Johnson…He may not be forty, but he’s a man out there.
SP–Ian Kennedy…Another “homer” pick, I always check up on how he’s doing.
I’ll be lazy and still Captain Jack’s list of relievers (Jonathan Broxton, Carlos Marmol, Manny Corpas, and Chad Qualls) because, honestly, I see no relievers but Mariano. Onto the lineup…
This lineup would straight up maul right handed pitching. So, who would you guys put in your favorite non-Yankee lineup?