If you grew up in New York, you had your choice of baseball teams to root for. But what if you grew up in Nebraska?
For Joba Chamberlain, the solution was on television.
It’s amazing how many big leaguers grew up fans of the Atlanta Braves. Thanks to so many of their games being on TBS from 1972-2007, it was easy to get to know the Braves. Plus Atlanta had such good teams during the decade of the 1990s.
During the pre-satellite TV era, Atlanta was MLB’s national team in terms of television coverage.
For Joba, facing Chipper Jones last night was the thrill of a lifetime. He even asked Chipper to sign a jersey for him before the game.
“Man,” he said. “Chipper Jones. That was my favorite player. Nice guy, too.”
David Robertson, who grew up in Alabama, said he and all his friends were Braves fans. Phil Hughes remembers seeing Braves games on TBS when he got home from school. Nick Swisher, too. For those guys, playing against the Braves is a big deal.