I was just curious about all of you other fans out there. Why do you like the Braves? For those that grew up in Atlanta, maybe this is a bit silly. But if you started following baseball later in life, switched teams, anything, I would be interested to know. A bit different than most posts, but I thought it might be fun to share.
This is one of the most common questions I'll answer on any given day. I guess the Braves come up in conversation for me quite a bit (because I'm obsessed like all of us here), and people always ask me why I root for a team that is 8 hours away from me. I was born and raised in Richmond, so most people don't understand. I usually get defensive because I feel like I'm as good a fan as any, and I hate bandwagoners more than anything (though the bandwagon threat has diminished quite a bit in the pat few years). I don't really know which is the biggest factor because they were all significant, but the main reasons I usually use are :
1. The now defunct Richmond Braves. I grew up watching [some of] our boys come through my city. As a kid, it was easy to associate the MLB team with the AAA team.
2. The Braves are the Team of the South. The Nats would probably make more sense if I grew up now, but they were not there when I was young. And before the Florida expansion teams came about in the 90s, the Braves were literally the only team in the South, and that culture has stuck. One of the most common (if not THE most common) teams to like in Richmond was the Braves when I was young. There were the occasional O's fans, and then random Yankees and Red Sox "fans", but the Braves had (and still have, but it's shrinking) a sizable base in Richmond.
3. TBS. It gave me the opportunity to watch the Braves as much as I wanted. You can't like a team that you can't watch.
I hate defending my allegiances (and people probably aren't attacking me when they ask me, haha), but that's the rant I give everyone.
Anyway, that's it. Why do you like the Braves?