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A Chicago fan's guide to the MLB playoffs

Another baseball postseason, another year without a Chicago team. Which is why RedEye has recommendations as to who deserves your rooting interest.

WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE ATLANTA BRAVES

Why should Chicago fans should root for the Braves this baseball postseason? The key is to remember that this team has something for fans of both Chicago teams.

Cubs fan? Watch what happens when a team actually invests in its farm system (starters Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons were drafted by the team and blossomed into starters in a short time).

White Sox fan? Watch how veteran players actually help their team and contribute offense (Justin Upton, Chris Johnson, Dan Uggla).

It can be daunting, yes. But HEY! Show some love to this kind of play and maybe the philosophy the Braves use could make its way to town soon.

—Ernest Wilkins, RedEye

@ernestwilkins

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Chicago was built on the backs of hard-working souls whose mark on our city hasn't been forgotten but whose names have. Chicago was built on the backs of teams like the Oakland Athletics.

Only the most hardcore of baseball fans will be able to recognize more than one name—Yoenis Cespedes—in their starting lineup. This is a team that personifies the underdog mentality that defines a city with an inferiority complex so great that we proudly refer to ourselves as the Second City.

The Athletics are what the Cubs and White Sox could be if they knew how to spend their pennies on talent and management; if the Cubs had to rely on—gasp—winning instead of a glorified museum to turn a profit each year. This year's Athletics won 96 games not by spending their way to the top but by spending wisely.

Take the Athletics to the bank this postseason, both emotionally and financially, and thank me later.

—Matt Lindner, RedEye special contributor

@mattlindner

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