After the Roy Halladay no-hitter yesterday, I was reminded how much I love baseball, no matter the team. And what Halladay has done this year is just so, incredibly awesome. I don’t know of another word to describe it. But it also got me thinking, How does one become a fan of a certain team? Why do I enjoy watching this team more than that team? I know some kids grow up with parents who are fans and get it from them, but it wasn’t that way for me. My parents weren’t into baseball at all. I fell in love with baseball after spending a lot, a lot of time at Little League games and then AT&T Park and Renel captured my heart. I started listening on the radio a little. A lot. Every day. (That was the progression.) I think in the end it was Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Kruk and Kuip who made me the fan th
at I am today. And it was the overall vibe of the Giants that made me love them. And Barry Zito. Kidding, sort of.
Why aren’t there pictures anywhere of all four of them together? Photo op, coming right up.
But my other allegiances may seem a little random. Rangers, for instance? (Who, by the way, I called to win the World Series months ago and was made fun of. Let’s wait and see.) It was their name, in that case. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan (you may have known that) and any other LOTRites will know that Aragorn is a ranger, from the North. So the Texas Rangers always make me think of a tall, dark king of Men. Then Bengie got traded and I started following CJ Wilson on Twitter and… the rest is history.
My two favorite Rangers
The Brewers. I’d like to pretend it had nothing to do with their 2007 ROY left-fielder (hint: his initials are R and B) but it kind of does. It also because I’ve always been interested in losing teams. It’s a mixture of interest and just feeling sorry for them and the stares that you get while rooting for the Brewers in San Francisco are pretty priceless. That’s also why I like the Pirates, a litte bit. In addition, they have Joe Martinez (well, their AAA affiliate has him, actually), who I am a big fan of which is another reason to root for the Steel City.
Joe Martinez. I miss him.
And the A’s… it was their stadium. I may be the first person to say this about The Coliseum but I love it. (Do I get in the Diamond Girl Record Book, if I am the first?)
It’s quirky, it’s unique and it fits them. That’s not an insult, Athletics. (By the way, least subtle name ever?) If they feel they need a new stadium, though, I hope they stay in Oakland. They fit here. The Las Vegas Athletics? Not good. I could think of a few names, though, if they do move to Las Vegas. New blog post, coming right up? Perhaps.
So. Question time. Raise your hand before you answer, please. How did you become a fan of “your team”? If it has to do with one left fielder, that’s okay. You’re in good company.