|August 17, 2013||Posted by jenny leigh under Everything Else|
In 1991, my parents got Mountain Cable and life changed.
I had never seen the Addams Family, or Andy Griffith, or the Atlanta Braves. But I became acquainted with all of them very quickly, thanks to a little gem called TBS.
Though no one in my family was (had ever been) interested in baseball, I became engrossed in it.
In no time flat, I could recite batting averages and ERA’s for every Brave and half the National League. I knew who could throw the best sinkers and sliders, and who was most likely to hit them out of the park.
My high school graduation gift was a trip to Fulton County Stadium–my first ever game. Major League Baseball wasn’t as commercialized then, and the atmosphere there was more like what you’d find at a minor league game today. Security wasn’t that tight either, and a very nice security guard let me in to watch batting practice.
Ryan Klesko kept hitting balls over the wall. He was all the talk that year, along with two other rookies: Chipper Jones and Javier Lopez. But, David Justice was the shining star of the team.
John Smoltz started the game that night, and recorded a win against the Rockies. That was back when he was John Smoltz, not John Smoltz.
After the kids came along, I didn’t have time to keep up. I lost track of the stats, and the prospects, and the trades, though I never disconnected completely.
A few years ago I made a trip to a brand new stadium and got to see John Smoltz enter the field to Thunderstruck as a closer, and I cheered as Barry Bonds went down on strikes, thanks to him. I can still feel the roar of that crowd.
I saw the 1991 worst-to-first team reunion, Bobby Cox get inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame, and Chipper Jones in his last season. I am sad to say that I had to give up my ticket to see the Yankees in Atlanta last year. I do love to hate on the Yankees.
What I’ve missed out on, though, is the day to day part that I loved about baseball. Who is in a slump, who’s on a streak? Who’s on the DL, and who will be coming up from AAA?
Since we moved, we are further away from Atlanta and it’s just not feasible to be making trips to The Ted. But guess what. Now we have a baseball team right in our backyard: The Flying Squirrels. They’re not affiliated with the Braves anymore, but they are a lot of fun.
I could never, ever let go of the Braves, but I’m looking forward to getting to know this team, too.
You just can’t beat a good baseball game. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long.
Dear Baseball, I’m back.