Theresa O’Connor

Teams I support

Baseball

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

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.

I root for the Toros in the LMB. (In general my loyalties in Mexican sports are to Tijuana, the other half of the San Diego-Tijuana conurbation that I called home for so long.)

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.

I disagree with MLB's policy which prevents active MLB players from representing their countries at the Olympics and the WBSC Premier12—but not at the MLB-affiliated World Baseball Classic—so I tend to support teams other than Team USA at the international level. I'm rooting for Samurai Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

I had the pleasure of meeting John Fitzgerald many years ago. He directed The Emerald Diamond, a documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who is committed to playing baseball in such a rainy country.

It's hard to beat the determination of the high schoolers who play in the 夏の甲子園 each year.

Hockey

I root for the Bruins in the NHL and for the Pride in the NWHL.

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 one of the few 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. I expect I'll also end up rooting for San Diego's expansion team—at least when they're not playing Orlando—once they're up and running. I root for TJ's Xolos in the Liga MX Femenil, for Celtic in the SWPL, and for 日テレ・東京ヴェルディベレーザ in the WEリーグ.

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, Xolos in Liga MX, and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

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: