I’m always interested in why a person has the rooting interests they do. Why are you a fan of your team? Did you grow up in the area? Did your parents cheer for the team and you inherited it? Did you adopt the team after moving?
I think I’ve talked about my fandom journey in the past here; my family is from the St. Louis area and my grandpa was a Cardinals fan, but I never felt like that was my team. After falling in love with baseball after the 1985 World Series, I sought games out. The teams I was able to watch the most of were the Cubs and Braves, so by default, they were my favorites. I watched them with interest but didn’t consider anything a favorite until 1988, when a dorky, pitcher obsessed child became enchanted by a skinny little pitcher named Greg Maddux and the rest is history.
RaysFan posted a fun little article about his early baseball history and Reds fandom. I’d love to hear more from the rest of you all about how you came to this beautiful game, and which team captured your heart and mind.