Hi, I’m Grl On Base!
As you may have guessed, I’m a lady-person. I’m also ½ Taiwanese and the Baltimore Orioles are my team. (I live on the West Coast, but they live in my heart. My husband and I only get to go to an O’s game once or twice a year, but we watch almost every one.)
A friend’s son has described me as ‘not tall,’ ‘skinny,’ ‘with long hair.’ That is all true.
I also have no hand-eye coordination and struggle with multi-tasking.
So, what am I doing here?
Well, one day, in art school… I took a break from trying to ‘make it work’ –‘it,’ in this case, being both my art and my relationship- and wandered onto the Light Rail and then to Camden Yards, where I purchased two tickets for a Friday night baseball game.
Why? I don’t know. I guess, because I wanted to try something different and it was there. I reported back to my then-boyfriend, busy editing photos in his pristine bedroom.
“I got us two tickets to see the Orioles play on Friday night!”
“Because, it’s a thing people do and it’ll be fun.” (Knowing nothing about baseball at the time, I at least knew that much.)
It was fun. I don’t know who I saw play that night. I don’t even know if we won (probably not- this was the Orioles in 2009,) but I got it. Buzzed from beer I wasn’t legally allowed to drink (thank-you, older hipster boyfriend,) staring at the Baltimore skyline, in a stadium full of people-
It was like the day I got Seinfeld. I was delighted. I understood. I wondered how I had failed to understand for all these years. I’d been converted, ready to join Susan Sarandon in the Church of Baseball. (Hey, I’m an optimist and I respond well to structure. Really, that is all you need to love a game where failing 70% of the time is considered doing well.*)
So, I’m here because I love baseball and I’m finally comfortable with talking about how much I love baseball…
And I promise to not just talk about the Orioles, but I can’t promise that I won’t talk about what I’m wearing or, sometimes, MMA and what’s going on in the UFC
…Now, let the conversation begin! Because I still have a lot to learn and I’ve found that the best way to learn is to start conversations with strangers who also like baseball, even if they’re a Yankees fan (in fact, that is exactly how a Yankees fan ended up in my fantasy league.)
*Yes, I’m using batting average, not OBP- Why? because a hit is a hit, like an early 2000’s Nelly track, and nothing beats it.