Ankiel faces mighty long odds

Updated: March 30, 2005, 8:45 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
It's been suggested that sportswriters don't root for a team; they root for a story.

That's true, to a point. Most sportswriters actually do have a favorite team, for which they root in varying degrees of obviousness. But when that favorite team isn't one of the teams being written about, then yeah, they – we – root for the story. As fans, we simply enjoy good stories. And as writers, we know that good stories lead to good (or at least more compelling) writing.

All of which serves as my preamble to this: I'm rooting for Rick Ankiel to make good as a professional hitter, but the odds against him are long. Mighty long.