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The 2014 Baseball Playoffs Hateability Index - Wall Street Journal

Fans cheer during the second  inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardin
Fans cheer during the second inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For the second straight year, the New York Yankees have missed the playoffs, abdicating one of their most important social responsibilities: giving America an obvious team to root against in October.

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