First there was the September collapse of the Red Sox, capped off by one of the craziest and most historic nights of baseball on Sept. 28. Then the Tigers defeated the Yankees to move onto the ALCS while the Cardinals set out to prove to the Phillies that having arguably the best pitching staff in the league still won’t get you to the World Series, thanks to Chris Carpenter. On top of that, the Rangers quickly eliminated the Rays before the Brewers dashed the Diamondbacks’ (and my) hopes at a championship.

So, ladies and gentlemen, we’re left with Detroit, Texas, St. Louis and Milwaukee. Did we expect this? I sure didn’t. I thought the Rangers might make another run, but I didn’t anticipate going into this round of the playoffs without seeing the Red Sox, Yankees and the Phillies.

I hoped for a Phillies-Red Sox World Series and wanted to see Hunter Pence finally win a title. But the Texas State Bobcat in me was rooting for Arizona and Paul Goldschmidt to make it all the way. Talk about sweet victory as a rookie…

Now, the question is: Who do I root for in these playoffs? Do I go the route of supporting my beloved home state and cheer for the Rangers? Do I stick to cheering for the National League with the Brewers, even though they knocked the D-backs out of the playoffs? One thing’s for sure: I can’t go for the Cardinals, even if they do have Lance Berkman. The Astros love to hate St. Louis, and that will never change.

So, Go Tigers? I mean, they have Jose Valverde, who’s taken them this far, and they eliminated the Yankees. That’s a huge plus.

Who are you rooting for to take the 2011 World Series title?


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About LisaKCarter

I'm a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. I'm also a Texas State alumna and former reporter in Las Vegas. During my time at Texas State, I served at the University Star's sports editor all four years. I've covered football, volleyball, cross country, basketball and golf. One of my biggest accomplishments was breaking the story on Texas State's move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and its invitation to the Western Athletic Conference -- arguably the biggest news in Texas State Athletics history and a story I followed since my first semester on staff. I also worked for publications outside of the Star, covering high school sports for various local papers. Additionally, I was an intern on the metro desk at the San Antonio Express-News in Summer 2010 where I had several stories run on the Metro cover and front page. I interned on the business desk at the Austin American-Statesman and at NearSay, a website that focuses on hyperlocal news in New York City. After graduation, I was one of 22 students selected to attend the Poynter Fellowship for College Journalists, and it was the best experience of my life. When I'm not writing, you'll most likely find me reading, watching sports or working out. Follow me as I embark on my professional career in journalism.

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