If place of birth were the deciding factor in a sports fan’s team loyalty, I’d cheer for the Red Sox. If family history were all that mattered, I’d be a Yankee fan. My grandfather grew up in the Bronx, and as a kid, my dad’s favorite player was the great Mickey Mantle. On the other side of the family, my mother’s grandfather – my great-grandfather – was the doctor for the 1927 Yankees – none other than Murderer’s Row.
But I am a fan of neither the Sox nor the Yankees. Raised in suburban Maryland, my once-beloved Orioles have not put together a winning season since 1997, when I was 12 years old, and so while they are still the team I root for most, more than anything, I am a baseball fan.
I first wrote about baseball during my sophomore year of college shortly after the conclusion of the A.L.C.S. between the Red Sox and Yankees. This is what I wrote: http://media.www.middleburycampus.com/media/storage/paper446/news/2004/11/04/Opinions/Superstition.Plays.Major.Role.In.Sports-792072.shtml
I started my baseball blog in January 2008 and have been writing regularly ever since: www.mlbbaseballonline.com/david/weblog