I have a problem. I suppose it’s a nice problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless. Let me explain.
I grew up as an Atlanta Braves fan – no – I was born an Atlanta Braves fan. I love them. I have this hat that my mother bought me while I was sitting in the front seat of the shopping cart at K-Mart. I wore it everywhere right up until I turned 21 years old. That’s when my roommates bought me a new one because “the old one makes you look dirty.” I couldn’t disagree. People didn’t recognize me without the hat. If you look at my Facebook pictures, probably 85% of them have the hat in them and the other 15% are from college graduation when I wasn’t allowed to wear it.
But in late April I got a job with the St. Louis Cardinals. I’d always liked the Cardinals. I’d call them my second favorite team just because I watched them all the time on Fox Sports Midwest and it was much easier to get along with my friends who are all Cards fans. Now that I go to Busch Stadium every day, it’s become hard (obviously) to still be a Braves fan. I wear a Cardinals hat around town now (though the Braves hats are still prominently displayed in my closet).
A few minutes ago, Eric Hinske hit a pinch hit two-run homer to give the Braves a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. If this was last year I would’ve been up, jumping around, hugging anything in sight. This year, I was stuck to my couch, telling the ball to get out. It did and I gave a fist pump and “Yes!” But I want to do more. I want to be the rabid, crazy fan that I used to be. It really makes me sad.
Unfortunately, while writing this post the Giants have strung together a couple weakly hit balls and a(nother) Brooks Conrad error to take the lead. So I suppose to bright side is that I’m not quite as mad as I would have been. Maybe there’s a bright side in all this? I don’t know. I’m so conflicted.
I’ll be pulling for the Braves as long as they’re in the playoffs. I can openly do this at work under the guise of Bobby Cox’s Farewell Tour and Rick Ankiel. If/When they are eliminated, I probably won’t watch much more of this.
I’ll just do it all again next year.