A few years ago, I watched Fever Pitch, a movie about a woman who falls in love with a Boston Red Sox uber-fan. I pitied her. And then, it happened to me. (God has a perverse sense of humor.)
I quickly realized how important baseball was to my new man, so I set out to learn about it. I vowed that I would never become a baseball fan but since the game was so important to him, I thought I should learn something about it. At first, I was confused. Then, I realized that it’s a numbers game and an actuary’s degree might be necessary. Finally, winter came and baseball season was over. (God is good.)
Oh No, Wait!
There’s a way around that: winter baseball-played in Central and South America. Dear God, please help. At this point, I didn’t want hear about baseball and for the most part, I didn’t. I was very grateful for the respite.
A Divine Joke
My boyfriend texted from Florida during spring training to tell me that he’d met so-and-so at a bar, that so-and-so was looking good, that he’d gotten so-and-so’s autograph, etc. I took that as the cue to renew my efforts and start studying the game again. I figured that to really learn about the game, I would have to become a spectator. I started tuning in to Toronto Blue Jays games on the radio. The more, I listened to the games, the more questions I asked, the clearer it all became.
One day, I tuned in because I wanted to. God, what’s going on?
Throughout the season, I took my daughter to her first game in July; I bought myself a baseball cap; I started watching the games on TV; I went to a game with my alumni association; and I bought another baseball cap. By the end of the season, I was officially a fan.
Baseball Fan or Fan-addict
It’s gotten worse. No longer am I “just” a Toronto Blue Jays fan, I am now a baseball fan. I checked out season tickets when they became available. I have already planned my merchandise purchases for the coming season.
I have considered going down to Florida for spring training. I got goosebumps when I learned that all the players on the Jays forty man roster would report for training today. There are moments when I find myself aching to listen to a baseball game. I’m watching movies about baseball just so I can get a baseball fix. I am well on my way to becoming a baseball addict.