|Swift Thinking - Memories of Mine|
Written by Rob Swift (Contact & Archive) on May 17, 2009
30-plus teams over 30-plus years...that's a lot of mental images.Â My team has always been the Chicago White Sox.Â Growing up in Sarasota, Florida during the 1970's didn't provide manyÂ options for the loyalty of a budding fan.Â Regionally I was closest to Atlanta, but I wasn't driving 600 miles on my Big Wheel to go see Biff Pocaroba.Â
Prior to the arrival of the Marlins and Rays, fans in central and south Florida usually ended up becoming fans of the local spring training team.Â Lakeland had the Tigers, Dunedin hosted the Blue Jays and Bradenton had the Pirates, to name a few.Â Sarasota has a long, rich tradition with Spring Training.Â From the time I was aware of baseball it was always the White Sox.Â I still have a picture of me and Ron LeFlore from 1979.Â So that is why I love me some Chi-Sox; despising the Cubs was just a benefit of the fact!
What about the other teams though?Â If I am to be a real fan of the game at heart, I should be able to conjure up memories of every team right?Â I mean I may only have one brain cell left and he is looking for a friend in that barnyard I call my brain, but I should be able to do this.Â Over 30 years of being a fan of the game should provide me with enough real experiences shouldn't it?Â
So there ya go, something to chew on.Â I am going to see if I can bring to light and express the memories I have of each individual team during my lifetime.Â Some will be easy; I might be able to cough up a bunch.Â Others though, well we shall see just how significant my memories are.Â Let me know what you think about my memories.Â Check that, let me know what you thought about your own memories.