April 18, 2008
I hail from Chesapeake, Virginia, in the same area as Virginia Beach and Norfolk - aka the "Hampton Roads" or the "757". This area has produced numerous athletic stars in the past decade, including Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, and Joe Smith in the NBA; BJ and Justin Upton, David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Ryan Zimmerman, and Justin Verlander in the MLB; and Michael Vick, Dre Bly, Ronald Curry, Deangelo Hall, and Plaxico Burress in the NFL.
I was not born a sports fan, as my father has never had a passion for sports, but sometime as a child, I became a sports fanatic. Baseball is my first passion, and my greatest passion, and I follow it religiously. Basketball was my next passion, but it has since been surpassed by football.
I played 3 years of varsity basketball in high school. I went to StoneBridge High School in Chesapeake, a private Christian school. We made it to the state playoffs twice while I was there, but never won. In 2007, the boys won their first State Basketball Championship. I was nothing more than a role player in high school, primarily used as a wing-man and shooter. Baseball, as I have already alluded to, was my passion. I played 4 years of baseball, serving as the captain my senior year. It was interesting how I joined the team, though. While shooting hoops my freshman year, I saw the baseball team taking batting practice. I hadn't played competitively since 6th grade, but I decided to see what I could do. I impressed the coaches so much that they put my in the cleanup spot my freshman year, and I stayed there until I graduated.
Otherwise, I am a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan, taking after my grandfather. I also have an undying loyalty to both the Washington Redskins and the Virginia Tech Hokies football team, mostly out of association.
I can't imagine a life without sports. In my perfect life, I will retire in my 50's, and buy season tickets to Lane Stadium and Turner Field for the rest of my days.