I’m a long-time Braves fan. I listen to the Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast every week, and while listening to podcast #142 I heard the host Steve make a call for Braves Bloggers. I thought it was time for me to start a Braves Blog of my own. I decided to call my blog the “Braves Bullpen” because of how the word “pen” is related to writing. Also, it’s pitching-related, and I’ve always had a preference for pitching over hitting.
The first thing you should know about me is that I’m from Manila, Philippines. Nobody plays baseball here. The number one sport here has always been (and will always be) basketball. Ironic, given that our average height is 5′ 4″. So growing up, I followed the Bulls, Lakers, and Celtics just like everyone else. I had no idea how baseball was played and what the rules were.
The first time I was exposed to baseball was when I watched the movie “Major League” on VHS in 1991. Yes, it might sound funny, but it was Charlie “Wild Thing” Sheen who taught me the basics of baseball — pitching and hitting, balls and strikes, three strikes you’re out, and that you needed to get three outs to complete half an inning. From what I saw in the movie, I liked baseball as a game. But given that regular season games aren’t televised here, I never got to watch more games or follow a particular team.
Then a few months later I was able to watch the TV coverage of the 1991 World Series between the Twins and the Braves. After watching those seven games and seeing Glavine and Smoltz pitch, I was hooked. I thought, wow, the Atlanta Braves is a team I can follow. And boy, did I jump on the bandwagon at the perfect time, with the Braves putting together that wonderful string of Division titles.
I’m hoping that my blog will offer a different perspective on the Braves — by a fan who’s located halfway across the world. It’s true: “No matter where you’re from or where you are, if you are a fan of the Braves, you are in Braves Country.”