Everybody Loves an Underdog

I’m a big fan of baseball, and October brings the post-season and the World Series. My beloved Red Sox missed the playoffs by a lot this season, but I still follow and watch games because of how much I love the sport. At the time of this post, there are only four teams remaining, playing in their respective League Championship Series (LCS).

Over in the National League, the San Francisco Giants are playing the St. Louis Cardinals. These are two talented and experienced teams who have each been to the World Series twice in the previous four years. The Giants won it all in 2010 and 2012, and the Cardinals won it in 2011 but lost in 2013 to the Red Sox (woo-hoo!). It’s a great series, and I expect it to go at least six games, but the eventual winner has had recent success in the World Series.

That’s why I’ll be cheering for whichever team wins the American League Pennant. The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles have about as far from a been-there-done-that feel about them as possible. They both won the World Series the last time they were there, which respectively happened in 1985 and 1983.

Of the two teams, the Royals are this year’s Cinderella story. While Baltimore made it to the playoffs in 2012 and a couple times in the late 90s, the last time Kansas City was there was 1985. They’re riding an incredible winning streak right now.

In the wild-card game, they beat the Oakland A’s, who were heavily favored to win. In the first round, they swept the Los Angeles Angels, who won the most games in all of baseball this season. As of this post, they’ve taken the first two games against the Orioles, who as a team hit the most home runs in all of baseball this season. The Royals have won every game they’ve played in the post-season so far—that’s 6-0—including four games that went into extra innings. All along, they’ve been considered the underdogs.

Self-publishing is like being the underdog. I won’t have the support of a publishing company, who will provide a graphic designer for the book cover and a few different editors. I’ll have to find my own—and pay for those services—myself. I won’t have the help of a marketing department; I’ll have to do all that myself via social networking at first.

The odds are against successful self-publishing. But I’m going to take a lesson from the phenomenal baseball I’ve been watching. The Kansas City Royals have the odds against them, but they’re doing it, and it looks like they’re having a lot of fun. Their fans—both die-hard ones that have supported them for decades and newer ones like me who have jumped on the bandwagon—are having fun too. So I’m going to do it, and I’m going to have fun, and I thank all my fans—both old and new—for your support.

After all, everybody loves an underdog, right?

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