The series is set Braves fans, but please do NOT bust out your I hate L.A. banners!

I was hoping for a different series, but I also wish for a brand new Chevy truck for me birthday every Christmas. Guess what? I’m still without my truck and flying to Los Angeles wasn’t my ideal. It is with age that I’m learning not all my wishes or hopes come true, but a few have. The Atlanta Braves are in the post season when a lot of people never gave them a thought at the beginning of the season. I also have some personal wishes come shining through. Y’all don’t want to hear about those, and I won’t share them right now. In case you have not had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles, please put it on your bucket list. It’s a beautiful city and I have many friends there.

The time for preparing for the Los Angeles Dodgers is just about over. Brian Snitker and the other Braves coaches are busy looking over stats and are mulling over the same numbers as we as fans are. Pitching against Clayton Kershaw is not the best possible scenario, but the Braves backed themselves into a corner by losing their last two games to the Philadelphia Phillies might come back to haunt them.

One-off my fellow sportswriters and soccer fans lives out in L.A. Does that kind of mentality mean I hate L.A. and all the people there? Absolutely not, I consider him a very good friend. Even though I support the Braves and Atlanta United and he supports the Dodgers and their L.A. soccer club, in no way do I hate him. I could never wish ill will on him or his family just because he lives on the West Coast. I am almost positive he feels the same.

So the question is do I hate L.A.? Of course not, how close minded and hypocritical of me to even think that. I was born and raised in Northern California. For those of you who didn’t know, now you do. Does this makes me less of a Braves fan! Hell to the no, i grew up a Braves fan, both of my parents are from the Atlanta area. I was a military brat and never lived in just one section of time zone growing up. Sure there were culture socks moving from the West Coast to the East Coast but those moves helped to mold me into the person I am today. I will leave out the Texas years. But I do have a lot of family and friends in Texas. My son is in Austin, even though I refuse to live in Texas ever again I don’t hate Texas. I don’t hate LA. Here is a thought, how about we appreciate others and their areas of the country. I love my Braves and my San Francisco 49ers. So take that and rewind it back. GO BRAVES!!!

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