As mentioned previously in this blog, growing up in Louisville (where there aren't any professional teams), picking teams to cheer for is an interesting process. Its not as easy as "I live in Boston, I cheer for the Red Sox" or something to that effect. One advantage is Louisville residents aren't confined to cheering for a certain team or even just one team for that matter. Over time I have had three teams I have cheered for and still support them all. Now before you go and question my "fanhood" or something ridiculous like that, please read the story behind each:
The Chicago CubsWhen I was growing up our cable service had two "super-stations", WGN who showed Cubs and White Sox games and TBS who showed Braves games. This made for a lot of Cubs and Braves fans here locally. No one liked the White Sox (no explanation needed). At the time the Braves were dominating the National League and they had a young Chipper Jones who all the girls (and some of the guys) thought was "cute". I guess Chipper wasn't my Dad's type because he is a huge Cubs fan. On top of that, my dad is strictly a Cubs fan, he knows the Cub's entire roster but wouldn't know Hanley Ramirez if he walked up and said "Hi, I'm Hanley".
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It is often said of the Yankees that you either love the Yankees or you hate them. For years I just assumed I was someone who hated them but I slowly started to question why I would hate the Yankees. Did I hate that they do anything to win? Did I hate that they are never content with second place? Did I hate them because they make more money than anyone else and use that extra money to pay the best free agents? Did I hate them because they have had much more success than any other Major League team in the history of baseball? This doesn't sound like a team I would hate...this sounds like Proctor's Type!
The Yankees don't talk a lot. The Yankees don't cheat. The Yankees don't hoard money. The Yankees go out and do everything in their power to win the World Series every single year and if they don't win it, they did not meet their goal. How could I hate something I respect so much? I may not have the emotional connection with the Yankees that I have with the Cubs or the Tigers, but I certainly respect them and more often than not I'll be hoping they bring home yet another championship.
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It seems like everything that is associated with my beautiful fiancée Laura turns to gold for me. I have new family members I love and have made lifelong friends in just a few trips to Michigan. Along with my personal relationships, I have built new team relationships. There were always some Tiger's players that I liked but I never followed the team that closely. That has changed over the last couple of years with me becoming tight with Laura's dad and brother (both big Tigers fans). Baseball is a great topic of conversation when you are getting to know someone and the Tigers ensure we won't run out of discussion topics.
My liking the Tigers turned to love after a fantastic trip to beautiful Comerica Park last summer. Laura and I joined our friends Ryan and Lindsay to see the Tigers beat the Mariners (Ichiro!!). Seeing the statues of Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline and some large Tigers in Comerica Park was special and I won't forget my first trip there.
Lets put it this way....If everything goes as planned I will have my 3'x5' Tigers flag on a 20 foot flag pole in the backyard within the next couple of weeks (fingers crossed).
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