When I was a kid, baseball was by far my favorite sport. I used to watch every game that was on TV, which usually consisted of the Braves on TBS, the Cubs on WGN, and the Pirates. I would keep score for every Pirates game, but at the same time I'd try to keep score for the other games by flipping back and forth. I'd check the box scores each morning in the paper. Ah, the pre-internet days.

We had a league in our neighborhood, with different stadiums for the different back yards. One house had a really tall tree in left field. That was the Green Monster. My house had a shed in the back with ivy running up the wall. You can guess which park that was.

Baseball was my favorite sport. I watched and played hockey. I played tennis, and loved watching Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras matchups. ...

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