|Atlanta Braves' Statue of Liberty promotion (1).|
Here are 10 reasons why I am thankful to be a Braves fan:
1. The Braves Were on TBS: When I was growing up in the late-1980s and early-1990s, my dad and I would spend our summer nights watching the Braves games on TBS. Looking back on it, we got a chance to spend quality time together doing something we loved. Who would not be thankful for that opportunity?
2. The Braves Have Been Really Good: The Braves have made the playoffs 16 times since 1991. They have won a World Series and five NL pennants during that stretch.
3. Dale Murphy: I am glad that I had the chance to watch the Braves' Dale Murphy play ball. I looked up to him when I was young. I admired his athletic ability, his love of the game, and, most importantly, his commitment to his family. I wish Murphy had played his entire career in Atlanta.
4. Chance to Watch a Legend: I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to watch one of the all-time Braves greats, Chipper Jones, play out his entire MLB career.
5. Great Announcers: I grew up watching Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren broadcast Braves games on TBS. Listening to them speak, I sometimes felt like I was in the stands instead of at home watching the game on television.
6. A Superb Manager: I am thankful that the Braves hired Bobby Cox midway through the 1990 season. He helped transform the team from a perennial loser into a powerhouse. I was sad to see Cox call it quits after the 2010 season. At least he retired as a Brave.
7. The Braves Moved to Atlanta: I am glad the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. I adopted the Braves as my favorite team in part because they played in the South. I doubt I would have become attached to the organization if it had remained in Wisconsin.
8. Ted Turner: I am thankful that Ted Turner bought the Atlanta Braves in 1976. I might never have had the opportunity to watch the Braves play on TBS if Turner had not purchased the franchise when he did.
9. The Braves Continue to Win: I am thankful that the organization remains committed to putting winning teams on the field. I hope the Braves continue to be successful for decades to come.
10. The Memories: Regardless of what happens in the future, I am thankful to the Braves organization for providing me with lots of memories. I can cherish them for a lifetime.
Mark Bowman.Historic Braves-TBS Partnership to End. Atlanta Braves official website.
1. Photographer: Marianne O'Leary
Date: July 11, 2008
Title/Description: Atlanta Braves Statue of Liberty, promotion for 2008 MLB All-Star Game.
Location/Permission: Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
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The author has followed Major League Baseball for many years and is a fan of the Atlanta Braves.
-- Anthony Hopper
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