Opening Day 2011: Who You Rootin’ For?

March 31, 2011

Daily Post, Robert Forto

It’s opening day for Americas past time. 2430 games on tap this season.  With the NFL lockout looking like it is going to be the next Law and Order series, hundreds of us will be glued to the tube watching the boys of summer.

But before I get much further I must admit I am a diehard hockey fan first, a football fan second and a baseball fan a distant third, ranking somewhere close to my infatuation with the Olympics. How can you be a hard core fan of the Olympics anyway–they only come on every two years (winter and summer).

Well, except for beach volleyball…

Being up in Alaska everyone roots for the Mariners. They haven’t had a good season since Ken Griffey Jr. back in the day. But without a home team that’s what we get on the radio. That’s a story for another day.

Think about it– Is there any way better to spend a warm summer’s night than at the ballpark? Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies) is one of the best parks ever to watch a game in. I love sitting in the nose-bleed 300 section seats right behind home plate, watching the sunset and the mountains to the west. Drinking a beer and a brat with my sweetie on my side and my iPhone’s twitter app flowing like a mountain stream.

But wait a second. I am a Braves fan! I have been since Uncle Ted bought the Superstation and they played every night on TBS. I cut my teeth on that station in the days before multi-ESPNs and 100 dollar game packages on Direct TV. I rushed home from school to catch Leave it to Beaver and Little Rascals before the game.

I watched Chipper and Smoltz and Andruw. I watched the greatest manager the game has ever seen: Bobby Cox–as he stormed the field and cussed like Popeye to the umpires. On more occasions than I can count ole’ Bobby walked out to the mound and nonchalantly put out his hand to countless struggling pitchers as they handed him the ball…

This is the first year with out Cox in the trenches. I think the Braves will struggle without him in command. We will have to wait and see.

Who are you rootin’ for this year? Who is your team?

Who will be the Texas Rangers and S.F. Giants this year?

Even with (near) billion dollar payrolls of the Yanks, our Prez P-BO sportin’ a White Sox cap, star spangled banners, 7th inning stretches, Boy Scouts, funky mascots, game day schwag, and fireworks–all of us grew up with with a pack of Big League Chew and fantasies of home runs.

This is why we love baseball. This is why when everything else in the world seems to be in near chaos a three hour escape at the ball park is all we need.

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works | Daily Post


Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

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About robertforto

Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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