Today’s the day . . . the day all Atlanta Braves fans have been waiting for since last October when the playoffs ended in a unspeakable game. Today is the first day of Choptober and game one of the playoffs for the Braves!!
I get asked a lot why a girl from upstate New York who now lives in Oregon is an Atlanta Braves fan. It all started when I was about 9 years old. I got a new babysitter who would watch my brother and I in the afternoons after school and in the summer time while my parents were at work. We would make macaroni and cheese, swim in her family’s pool, watch movies, play games, and watch Price is Right every day. But the one thing that all of our days revolved around were what time the Braves game was on.
Back when you could watch nearly every game on TBS, I found myself sitting inside nearly every summer afternoon watching Chipper Jones, Andrew Jones, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Javy Lopez, and the rest of the 90’s roster! I fell in love with not only the game, but the team and the players. I even convinced my parents, who fell in love with the team soon after my brother and I did, to plan our family trip that summer to go see a game live in Toronto. Our family was hooked. I started receiving their monthly newspaper called “Chop Talk, I was buying more braves gear to wear all year long, and I rarely missed a game! (It really isn’t too much different from my life now, minus Chop Talk)
I’ve even turned Dan into a braves fan! We’ve made a trip to Seattle to see them play the mariners, and we’ve been to San Diego to watch them play the padres. My dream one day is to make it to Atlanta to see them play at home! And one day I will make that happen! I’m just excited to fly through the Atlanta airport on my way back from New York in about a month (it’s the little things in life). I’m hopeful and optimistic for this postseason for the Braves. No matter what, I’ll be in my living room, with my hubby and pets by my side, with our braves gear on, cheering for our team! (If only Chipper was playing, my heart would be complete, but I’ll take him throwing out the first pitch tonight!)
So if you don’t follow baseball, or have a favorite team, make this New Yorker turned Oregonian’s heart happy and root for the Braves!!