I have no idea why I feel the need to share this. For two weeks now, I have wanted to make a Facebook post about it, and then I think, "dude, no one cares!"
The Braves have been in my life since I was 8 years old. Calling myself a hardcore fan was an understatement. I can name players from the late 80's through the early 2000's like I can recite the alphabet. I can tell you their full names, where they went to school, and how many times they have been on the DL.
When I moved to Alabama, I got really spoiled, our Fox Sports was out of Atlanta so I never missed a game. When I moved back to Louisiana in 2010, I got nothing. It was seriously like drug withdrawal. As trivial as it may sound, it was like I got broken up with after a two-decade relationship.
I tried every cable company, looked at online options...nothing. My only hope was a random ESPN game.
One night I decided to find something to fill the void. I channel surfed and it ended up on hockey. If I was going to watch, I wanted to pick a team that a local channel would show regularly. I went to one team, I honestly can't remember which one, then I switched to the Dallas Stars, and there he was.
I knew this was where I needed to be.
I still watch regularly, although Trevor was traded in 2015, but no fear, Jamie Benn won my heart.
The entire point of my blog is, we switched from DISH to Direct TV, and I got the sports package. There it was. Atlanta Braves baseball. For five glorious days I boasted and soaked in as much as I could. Only one player remains from when I last watched in 2010. I didn't care, I had them back. For 5 days. I went to watch a game, and it said it was blacked out. Weeks later, they're still blacked out. We've talked to no less than 4 different people, and it isn't actually Direct TV's fault. The team actually blacks them out, something about marketing, blah blah.
I felt like a million bucks was right inside a glass case and I couldn't touch it.
I was going through every channel of the Fox Sports channels cursing and pitching a baby fit because they were all blacked out. I found on ATTSW, the Astros were playing. They have three former Braves players, so I watched. The next day I watched. By day three I am hooked.
I felt like a scum bag, like I was betraying the Braves, and if people found out, this would be like the LSU/Alabama thing all over again.
Yes, I switched teams because I dig Nick Saban. I've been called so many names, but mostly a "trader", spelled just like that. Whatever, I couldn't even name one you one player on the LSU team, and I really enjoy watching Alabama, so I felt zero guilt.
Like a 13 year old girl (and many adults) I felt I needed to update my status, so on Twitter it now says Braves/Astros fan. I didn't want all of my Braves peeps to wonder why I was rooting for Orange.
Last night they actually showed a Braves game. I was completely uninterested. What kind of person does that!? For real, I feel so disloyal to a team that I bled for over 30 years.
I have no idea why I feel I need to get this off of my chest.
I know it may sound ridiculous, people have real problems.
But for me, having a team to watch and root for now isn't one of them.
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.
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