“My” baseball team started its season. I didn’t notice.

So the Atlanta Braves started their season on Sunday night. They lost. I didn’t notice — the start of the season OR the loss.

My how times have changed. I used to count down the days until Opening Day. Four of my favorite words were “pitchers and catchers report” (as in report to spring training).

Don’t believe me?

This is an editorial I wrote for my high school newspaper, Paw Prints, in 1992.


In college, my friends Bryan and Leslie bought me a book, a children’s book, called If I Were an Atlanta Brave. I loved that book. I still have it.


Yes. I loved my Braves (any baseball, actually). A lot. Probably more than was healthy. O.k., definitely more than was healthy. Once a friend was in a lounge on my hall crying because she was feared she had an eating disorder. I walked into that same lounge a few minutes later crying — perhaps even harder than my friend — because the Braves had just lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 National League Championship Series. (I was self-aware enough to know how ridiculous I was being, but still…)

After college, I worked for 3 1/2 years at a sports news network, which made sports work, not fun. I still watched the Braves but not as fervently as I used to.

After switching to a non-sports job and “detox”ing for a year or so, I liked nothing more than spending the afternoon or evening listening to a game on the radio. In the five or so years since then, I met my husband. I bought a townhouse. I started dating my husband (six weeks after I bought the townhouse, but that will be part of another post). I got married. I sold my townhouse, and moved to my husband’s house.

My life is good. I’m happy I have such a full life.

I most likely won’t be turning on the radio much this year to tune in to a game. (I don’t even know which radio station they’re on anymore.) And if I DID tune in, I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea whether the announcer was talking about a member of the Braves or of the other team.

And part of me is very sad about that.

5 thoughts on ““My” baseball team started its season. I didn’t notice.

  1. bits & pieces

    I LOVE the book with your picture in it. That’s so cute!

    Isn’t it strange how life changes and things that used to mean the world turn into things you could easily live without?

    I can’t relate to your baseball obsession, but I used to be a die hard Nebraska football fan. There was even an article in my high school paper about me and friends who were all crazed fans.

    I still watch the huskers, but I don’t follow them as closely or know all the stats anymore.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    bits & pieces’s last blog post..Dinner or Dessert?

    You’re so welcome for the trip down memory lane. Growing up surely does make some things not as important. And I think that’s a good thing, even if it does make me a little sad. You know?

  2. lceel

    I have been a Cubs fan since I was 6 years old and my Dad took me to my first game at Wrigley Field. I will remain one until either a) the Cubs win the World Series, after which time I can quit being a Cubs fan, or b) I die. Whichever comes first.

    Well, the Red Sox have won two World Series in the last, what — four seasons? I’d say there’s lots of hope for your Cubbies. 🙂

    And welcome back! I’ve missed you!

  3. Sandy's Notes

    I lived in Atlanta for a short time and was a brave fan. What a great time it would be to spend time back in those days again. Great post!

    Thanks, Sandy. This is one of my favorite recent posts. I love taking trips down memory lane… most of the time at least. 🙂

  4. Lisa@Take90West

    Cubs fan here. 😦 Never really anything to get excited about.

    That article is very cool!

    Long-suffering is what you are. Hang in there… If the RED SOX can win a World Series (or two), so can the Cubs.

    It was fun to look at that article again. Even more fun was the fact that I wasn’t completely horrified by how it was written… 🙂

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