FanPost

Why Do You Chop?




So since there isn't a game tonight, I'm bored. There has been some discussion lately of the geographic diversity of the Braves' fanbase, so I thought it might be cool/interesting to share the reasons that we all became Braves fans. Born in Atlanta/somewhere nearby? Grow up without an MLB team nearby and latch onto the Braves via TBS? Root for the Braves as a secondary team because of a love for one Paul Ryan Janish? Tell us (me) your stories.

To get things going, here's how I ended up a Braves fan. My story definitely leans toward the arbitrary/complicated end of the spectrum, but here goes. I was born and raised in Cincinnati to a father who was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island. By the time I was born, my dad was sick and tired of hearing about all Cincinnati sports teams, to the point of actively rooting against them. I didn't inherit that level of dislike, but I did acquire an apathy towards the professional sports teams in Cincinnati and have never rooted for them (although I do root for Cincinnati Bearcats basketball and football).

So what was a young tot without a team to do? Naturally, pick his new favorite team based on uniform colors. Hello, teal blue Marlins! And as a fan of the Marlins in the early-mid 90s, Gary Sheffield became my favorite player. I remained a Marlins fan as a young kid through 1998, but in many respects was really just a baseball fan generally and a Gary Sheffield fan in particular. Then, in '98, the unthinkable happened. Sheff was traded! So I became Dodgers fan. Then, before the '02 season, he was traded again to the Braves. I still remember my dad telling me during warmups for a middle school basketball game that he had been traded to Atlanta. And I still remember thinking to myself "Well, guess I'm a Braves fan now!"

With my shift to the Braves came greater ease of fandom (TBS, Eastern Timezone games), and I quickly became more invested in the team around Sheffield than I had previously. I also wasn't quite as young of a kid anymore. Alas, Sheff's tenure in Atlanta was short too. It took just two seasons before he left for the Yanks. My Yankee-loving father and brother excitedly questioned if this meant I was now a Yankees fan. Gross. I abandoned my traitorous childhood baseball hero and settled in as a Braves fan. So here I am, 12 years later.

This FanPost does not express the views or opinions of Talking Chop.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker