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PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

When I was growing up, sports was definitely not a part of my life. I was always the last person picked when we chose up teams in gym class, and we never watched a sports event on television outside of the winter Olympics.

 For years, I’ve been married to a sports fan. Even though I’ve promised my loyalty to all the Colorado teams, I stayed on the fringe of fandom, peering over the top of my book or my laptop every now and again to see if we were winning or losing whatever game was on the television.

It’s been about three years now since I developed an interest in baseball and the Colorado Rockies. In mid-season 2011, Colorado, down by six runs in the beginning of the 9th inning, scored nine runs for a walk off 12-9 win against the shocked St Louis Cardinals.

I was hooked.

Even though I didn’t know the difference between a line drive and a Sunday drive when I started watching, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the game these past few years. The basic rules were easy to grasp, and now I’m learning some of the thought processes of the managers, like why they would switch out a right-handed pitcher to face a left-handed hitter. I’m still a little fuzzy on those dynamics, but that’s okay. My role is to enjoy the game, not develop the strategy on how to win it!

Our granddaughter plays softball on our town team during the summer. Las year, she was chosen for the all-star team, whose second place victory at the Babe Ruth 2013 Softball State Tournament in Limon, Colorado earned them the chance to play at the 12U Babe Ruth 2013 Softball Regional Tournament in Sikeston, Missouri.

One of the neat things about baseball is the season’s length. There is a game almost every day or evening for at least five months, and if your team makes the playoffs, it stretches into more than six.

For a non-sports fan, Rockies baseball has become an essential part of my day. If my husband and I can’t watch the game in real time, we watch it on DVR, sometimes crawling into bed well after midnight. If the game isn’t televised, we listen on the radio. Of course, we attend every softball game we can where our granddaughter plays!

Professional baseball is a whole lot different from 12 and under girls softball, but both generate their own excitement and enthusiasm. Whether watching our granddaughter, Madison Gonzales, catch an outfield fly to clinch the third out in an inning or a power hitter like Carlos Gonzalez nail a home run for a walk off win, the sport has become one of my favorite pastimes.

Do you have a favorite sport? Leave a comment to let me know!


Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 4/18/2014 8:40:40 AM

Vincent, it is great to see you here! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy watching our granddaughter play basketball, but that's as far as it goes for me. Still, I respect everyone's passion for their favorite sport now that I have found mine.

Vincent Latorre From NY At 4/18/2014 7:23:22 AM

I have been a fan of Syracuse University basketball and football since I was a child. I remember watching the current SU basketball coach, who has been coach at Syracuse for four decades, in his senior year as a player.

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