Originally slated as a Rockies fan, I followed the Mountain High days of Larry Walker and Todd Helton with great interest. Devastation overcame my face when I read in the newspaper that the Rockies had traded away my prized Larry Walker to the St. Louis Cardinals. Many baseball players have turning points in their careers, and this was my turning point in my fan career. I could either stay with the Rockies, or I could be loyal to my favorite player and pack up my baseball card collection and journey to St. Louis. I chose the latter. I soon became more in love with the Cardinal players than I was with the Rockies players. My favorite players over the years have been David Eckstein, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, and most recently (along with every other Cardinals fan) David Freese.
Last year (2011) brought joy to me not only in another World Series championship for my St. Louis Cardinals, but it also brought my first championship for my fantasy team, the St. Louis Sluggers. My team was lead offensively by Albert Pujols (even though he had a down year) and Lance Berkman (who I drafted for $1). My pitching staff was lead by the AL Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander. My late season acquisition, Emilio Bonifacio, gave my team some much needed stolen bases to allow my team to reach the postseason.
Outside of major league baseball, I am currently enjoying playing baseball myself. I'm in my senior year of high school and I won't be playing in college. I was a catcher for the majority of my junior year, but this season I will be playing a lot of second base. I also pitched last season too. My season highlights from last year was A. throwing a No-Hitter, and B. throwing 17 consecutive strikes in a relief appearance. I threw 77% strikes that day over my five innings of relief. I came back two days later and came in with the bases loaded and two outs and struck the batter out.
When I'm not playing baseball, I am probably playing backyard wiffleball with my Orioles fan cousin. Our wiffleball highlights are more than could ever be posted on the internet.