Living and being raised in the UK means one of three things, either play football, rugby or cricket. With football and rugby I’ve had my years playing these games, but never stuck to them from lack of interest in the sport.
But from a young age in primary school I’ve always enjoyed playing rounder’s and softball, but never been interested in playing cricket. If only back then there were youth baseball teams that they have going on now in the UK.
My love for baseball exploded when I went to the United States in 2006 and went to my very first baseball game. Leading up to the game I looked into the sport to understand about the MLB, I juggled around ‘supporting’ different teams. But when I went to Yankee stadium I knew I had found the right team for me. One of my fondest memories of that trip was seeing Bernie Williams hitting a bases clearing double and leading the Yankees onto a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ever since then I recorded and tuned into Channel 5 with Jonny Gould and Josh Chetwynd every Wednesday and Sunday night to watch a weekly game. At this point my love for the game had expanded so much I didn’t care who was playing, I was enjoying watching it so I could learn the game better and understand some of the fundamentals.
But it wasn’t until this year 2011 that I finally managed to find a team to play for and that was the Leicester Blue Sox. This team is defiantly better than the rugby and football clubs I’ve played for in the past, the people here are great and really enjoy the game. What I prefer about this is that with football and rugby, people may only join teams because they’ve been subdued into it by their parents or have started playing it to look and feel good, but with this Blue Sox team people have joined it for the love of baseball and the game.
It pleases me that I have been ask to write blogs and new reports for the Leicester Blue Sox which makes me feel a massive part of this team.
Watch out American and National league the Blue Sox are coming.