My boys are 10 and 7 and are always asking me all sorts of sports related questions. Every game we turn on the television is followed by a "Who do you want to win?" to which I usually reply "I don't care, I just want to see a good game" unless one of my favorite teams is playing (or one of my least favorite). My 10 year old spent the entire Super Bowl asking me questions about the rules of the game. This excited me (that he is starting to take more of an interest in sports) and annoyed me (can I please just watch and listen to the game) at the same time but the excitement won out and I patiently answered every question.
I bought each boy a pack of 2015 Topps recently and as they were going through the packs they asked who my second favorite baseball team after the Giants was. They have asked before and I always say I am all in for the Giants. However, I was thinking through my collection, my player collections and a couple new random pick ups and have decided that I do have a 2nd favorite team - the Oakland A's.
I grew up near Sacramento, CA and our local paper The Sacramento Bee had fairly equal coverage between the A's and Giants. There were years where each team had better TV contracts and we could watch more of one team over the other. I attended games at both Candlestick and the Oakland Coliseum. When they played each other in 1989 my extreme disappointment in the outcome made it clear who my #1 is. But thinking through my card collection, the A's seem to come out as #2.
First off, my player collections come to mind. These are all recently acquired Rickey Henderson cards:
Another player I collect started his career in Oakland and had a couple stints on the team:
These two player collections alone didn't result in the conclusion that the A's are my second favorite team but these last 2 cards I will share put it over the top:
Time to tell my boys that upon review of my card collection, I do have a 2nd favorite team.