How a Girly Girl Became a Baseball Fan

by Nicole on March 17, 2010

in baseball culture, Baseball Memories

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I always like to tell people,

“I married into a love for baseball.”

My parents and brother give me crap because as a child I was your average luke-warm-fan-of-the-home-team {Padres} but when I married, I married into a love of the game, and a love of the Dodgers.

I always liked baseball. My brother and I even once scored tickets from a family friend to a very exciting playoffs game. But I never really knew or understood the game fully.

When David and I got married we lived on a half-a-shoestring budget. We had no cable but our college town happened to have a station on the Dodgers Radio Network, so we listened to just about ever Dodgers game on the radio (so old-school, huh?).

It was then that I “met” Vin Scully and began to learn all the ins and outs of the game, got to “know” the players and some of the Dodgers lore and history, and basically fell in love with America’s pastime.

Here are a few things I love about baseball

-it’s (essentially) a summer sport, so it invokes feelings of long, warm days
-it’s a mellow, relaxing game, most of the time.
-other times it is so exciting that you worry your husband will fall off the top deck at Dodger Stadium because he’s jumping and cheering so enthusiastically.
-it’s a family thing for us (we have quite the extended family of baseball fans).
-it has a rich American history.
-it’s become a global game, especially in countries where they speak my other language.
-the culture, players and fans are generally pretty down-to-earth; the vast majority of pros are not known for their extravagant lifestyles (superstars aside)
-it spans all ages and generations.
-it’s a family-friendly sport.

I’d consider myself a pretty sport person, tolerant of almost every sport, but here are a few factoids on why I would definitely categorize myself, 29-year old crafty, stay-at-home mom of a girly, as a bonafide Baseball Fan…

-I’ve been to 20 out of 30 Major League Baseball parks.
-I’ve been to several Spring Training games, in both FL and AZ.
-I’ve been on a 3-week long road trip to a dozen games across the Midwest and East Coast.
-I allow a collection of bobbleheads in my master bedroom.
-I attempt to run a baseball blog with my hubby (we’re not very consistent with it yet though, but stick with us, we have some great ideas in the works!).
-I play fantasy baseball. With my mom. (we totally tanked last year. my father-in-law whipped us all. we vow to pay a little more attention to our team this year). :)
-my daughter (who went to her first game at 3 weeks old)’s favorite color is Dodger Blue. And she loves Manny.
-I even find myself watching baseball when David’s not home!

Can I get a shout out from any other female fans? How did you get turned on to baseball?

We’re headed out to catch a few Cactus League games this weekend- looking forward to some sun and some foul balls! And you can bet our little one will be stoked to see Manny!

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Mom, aka Yaya, aka Karen March 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm

OK, I have to admit I do like baseball and became a fan because of my dad. As a kid I was a Dodgers’ fan but now support our hometown team, the San Diego Padres-been their fan, albeit not as intense as David or you, for the past 31 years. So I have now been a fan of the San Diego Padres longer than I was a Dodgers’ fan. AND, AGREED—–VIN SCULLY is THE BEST BASEBALL ANNOUNCER EVER!!

Mom, aka Yaya, aka Karen March 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

PS It was my dad who also switched from being a Dodgers’ fan to a Padres’ fan; he told me, “You cheer for the hometown team!!”

Tiffany March 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm

We lived in Garden Grove until I was 9. A lady who went to our church worked for the Angels. She used to always give us tickets to the games. A lot of times just my dad and I would go. I would get cracker jacks and help him keep score. I have been an Angels fan ever since.

Women and Baseball February 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

LOVED your blog post! We highlighted it on our blog and would love it if you entered our little contet for best female fan of 2012!

http://womenandbaseball.tumblr.com/post/18174895302

BTW, I specifically live in Los Angeles and will be going to a few Dodger games this season and would love to meet up with you for a dodger dog if you happen to be at the same game. I have the mini plan for the bobbleheads (mostly for the vin sculley bobblehead!)
Let me know? :D

Heather Hoopes
Women and Baseball

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