The World Series will begin on Friday night as the Philadelphia Phillies square off with the Houston Astros.
The Phillies come into the series as the heavy underdogs, having won just 87 games during the regular season and earning the third NL Wild Card.
The Astros on the other hand, won 106 games and had the best record in the American League.
But just because the Astros are favored doesn’t mean that most fans in the United States will be cheering for them against the Phils.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite, for obvious reasons.
Phillies analyst Ducis Rodgers tweeted a map showing World Series rooting interest in every state and commented that 88% of the country is “anti-cheating.”
— Ducis Rodgers (@duciswild) October 26, 2022
Phillies Analyst Takes Shot At Astros
No matter what happens, the vast majority of fans will be cheering against the Astros, and no explanation is needed as to why.
But this is a hilarious comment made by Rodgers.
The map is based on geotagged Twitter data and fan hashtags in each state, which shows that 88% of the United States is going to be cheering for the Phillies.
The sign-stealing scandal from 2017 made the Astros the most hated organization in all of professional sports and put a massive target on their back.
These days, most teams that come across the Astros in the postseason don’t survive.
But the Phillies could be one of the few exceptions this October, joining the Atlanta Braves, who eliminated them in the World Series last year.
Most fans are certainly hoping that’s the case.