Hello. I'm fairly new to Talking Chop and decided to finally make a FanPost. Having never lived anywhere near Atlanta, many people are surprised that I am a Braves fan. So for my first FanPost, I thought I would tell the story of how I became a fan.
I grew up in east-central Illinois, where the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry is king. I was a Cubs fan, and my favorite player was Jody Davis. In 1988, without even consulting me (a 10 year old), the Cubs traded Jody to the Braves. The power of TBS took hold, and I was able to still watch my favorite player. Even though he didn't stay with the Braves for long, I enjoyed watching the Braves.
Then in 1993, one of my other favorite players from the Cubs left for the Braves, Greg Maddux. And the rest, as they say, is history. I was hooked. I have lived in some great baseball cities since then (St. Louis during the McGwire-Sosa rivalry and Boston when they won in 2004) but still loved the Braves best.
Now that TBS doesn't show as many games nationally, I don't get to see many games. Living near Albany, NY, it is mainly when playing the Mets. Given the Mets announcers, that often means watching on "mute". So it is great to read Talking Chop and learn about the Braves. I especially love the minor league information.
Anyway, feel free to share your story of becoming a Braves fan in the comments.