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Your first memory of the Atlanta Braves

     I'm sure everyone here has heard it before: "Where where you when JFK was assassinated?" or "Where were you when 9/11 happened?"  well, "What is your first memory of the Atlanta Braves?"  I was sitting there in class the other day, bored out of my mind as usual, and I was thinking of my very first memories of the Atlanta Braves. For me, there's always one that sticks out in my mind. It's just one of those things I'll never forget.

 

     Growing up in Missouri, baseball was everything. You were either a fan of the Cardinals or the Royals Cardinals. For me, however, I was an odd kid. I thought it was stupid to root for a team with a red bird as the mascot.  That, and everyone I knew was a Cardinals fan. I guess I just wanted to be different.  My very major league baseball game was at Busch Stadium with my dad. The Cards were playing the Braves.  As we hiked up to the very top of the nosebleeds, I remember looking back at the scoreboard and seeing the name "Smoltz". Being 6 or 7, I had absolutely no idea what this weird word was.  Z's were never used in words! Surely, this had to be a misprint. It just happens (as my dad tells me) that Smoltzy went on to strike out 11 Cardinals in a Braves win. From that day on, I was a Braves fan. On my way out of the stadium, I remember seeing a vender on the street selling a Braves cap. My dad bought it for me, and the bond with the Atlanta Braves had officially begun.

      Wanna know what the best part of this story is? It just so happens that this year was 1996. I've never seen the Braves win a World Series championship.  Like all of us, we've all seen the Braves have their peaks and valleys, but I always feel like I brought the Braves bad luck. I guess we'll just have to win the whole damn thing in 2010 so i don't feel so bad.   :)

     So, what is your first memory of the Atlanta Braves? Oh, and a happy Veterans Day to any of you who served our country. It's definately appreciated.

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