Theresa O’Connor

Teams I support

Baseball

I grew up in the Boston area. It should come as no surprise to you that I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan.

I've lived in NL cities for twenty years—ten each in San Diego and San Francisco—yet when it comes to the NL, I'm obliged to root for the Dodgers for marital reasons. (Erin is a lifelong Dodgers fan.) Over the course of our relationship the Red Sox & Dodgers have only met once in the World Series, in 2018. Yet we weren't able to watch any of it as we were in France at the time.

I've been rooting for the Hanshin Tigers of NPB since first visiting Japan in 2011 and for the Doosan Bears of KBO since seeing them in 2014.

My loyalties in Mexican sports are to Tijuana, the other half of the San Diego-Tijuana conurbation that I called home for so long. So I root for the Toros in the LMB.

For a while in 2020, during the first height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only decent professional baseball being played in the world was in Taiwan. That's when I started following the CTBC Brothers of the CPBL.

Erin went to CSU Fullerton, who have a great baseball team, so I root for them in the top tier of college baseball.

Hockey

I root for the Bruins, obviously.

The Beanpot is a big deal in Boston—arguably more so than the Frozen Four. I root for BC—my dad is an alumnus, my mom is an alumna of Newton College (a school that got absorbed by BC), and I'm an alumna of BC High.

Football

Like any good American lesbian, I'm a fan of the USWNT. In Europe, I root for the Girls in Green.

At the club level, I root for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL. (Neither Boston, San Diego, nor San Francisco have clubs, so there's no obvious geographically-based loyalty to be had). I'm pretty sure I started rooting for them because of how adorable Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are together. What can I say? I'm really, really gay. It doesn't hurt that their home kit is purple—my favorite color—and much of the semiotics around them is Space Coast-themed. Ad astra!

I expect I'll also end up rooting for San Diego's expansion team, at least when they're not playing Orlando.

I root for TJ's Xolos in the Liga MX Femenil.

As in regular football, I root for the US & Ireland in men's football. At the club level I support the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer and Xolos in Liga MX.

School

I went to BC High and then Rose-Hulman, so I generally root for them in high school- and college-level sports, whether or not it's a sport I like. For instance, despite not caring one bit for American Football, I make a point of rooting for BC High in our annual Thanksgiving Day game against CM—a school several of my cousins went to. I do this purely to rub it in if we win.

Other sports

I don't really follow other sports, but I have a few loyalties for one reason or another: