So, after years of fruitless waiting and unwarranted patience, my dream has come true with the requisite semi-ironic twist: Washington has a baseball team; ergo, I am thrilled. Caveat: I no longer live in Washington; ergo, I am pissed off. Great move, Bud--as soon as I move to North Carolina, where baseball ranks somewhere behind NASCAR, golf, and large game hunting in popularity, you give Washington the team it deserves, and I get squat. Of course, impeccable timing has always been one of Bud Selig's strengths as commissioner . . . I'm sorry, I can't write that with a straight face.
At any rate, my timing is clearly anything but
impeccable, which is why I will continue to root for the Braves as my home-away-from-home team, while rooting for the Nats to finish a respectable second-best. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Josh's early Nats optimism to wear off. My guess is July.
Meanwhile, Josh has convinced me to come out of graduate school-induced retirement and post occasional blurbs on sports as well as sundry other topics of interest.
Background: I went to high school in the Washington, D.C. area where I thankfully did not become an Orioles or Redskins fan, although I still follow the Bullets (Wizards) for sentimental reasons. After graduating from the University of Virignia, I enrolled in Duke University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, where I am currently training to teach high school English by taking graduate English courses at Duke and interning at local Durham public schools. No, I don’t root for Duke. Yes, I hate coach K too. No, I haven’t been assaulted yet, although not all the teachers in my hall can confidently make that claim (I still haven’t decided whether I should be a crip or a blood backer). Among my interests on which I may be posting, in addition to baseball, are ACC football and basketball, literature, writing, education, and anything else I feel like pretending to understand.