I have been a baseball fan since I was 9 years old, back in 1986. I played, though only up to the high school level. I once pitched a perfect game into the 5th inning of a game, only to have the second-baseman boot an easy grounder. I once struck out the final batter in a playoff game against a higher seeded opponent, but the umpire had called time, so I had to throw another pitch… and I struck him out a second time. I have stolen home plate, thrown a runner out at home from right field and bunted a double. All of that was in Little League and Pony League, but for anybody who has played baseball, they know that those memories can stick like they happened in the World Series.
I have been watching, reading about and studying baseball ever since.