Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Home Team

Good Morning and Happy Opening Day!

Katy here… and I can’t tell you how excited I am for the beginning of the baseball season. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a baseball team to cheer for. In fact, I haven’t followed a team since 1996, following the Seattle Mariners' first ever Western division title in 1995. See, I was born and raised on an island in the Puget Sound, 2 hours north of Seattle, Washington. And every year my parents would treat my brother and me to one game at the Kingdome. I was not your typical little girl, as I loved to watch baseball. We had our gloves in hand when we headed to the game, in hopes of catching a foul ball or home run, depending on where we sat. To this day I can name you a good portion of the Mariners lineup from that year. Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. were some of my favorites. But I also loved watching Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez, Tito Martinez, Joey Cora, Edgar Martinez, and catcher Dan Wilson.

But right after that season, my family moved to Washington DC and for one reason or another.. I never connected with the Baltimore Orioles (of course, the Nationals didn’t exist yet).

Enter the Cincinnati Reds. I have been so impressed with the spirit of this city and ball club since moving here. It’s contagious! It’s great to be back, cheering for baseball. (It doesn’t hurt to have a fiancé who's been a Reds fan all his life. We have a dog named Casey, after Sean Casey.) I’m a Reds fan now, and I’m loving it!

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