Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

While the teacher was telling the class something that I probably thought I already knew, I could put an elbow on my desk, rest my head in my hand and listen to the Atlanta Braves play (and look very interested at the chalkboard).

Almost 40 years later, I do realize that wasn’t a great use of my time in junior high school, but it is a good memory.

I thought about it the other day when my son sent me a text message wanting to know a password so that he could watch the Braves play on his phone on opening day.

I told him, “You don’t need to be watching baseball while you are at school.”

That makes me a bit of a hypocrite I guess.

The Braves finished last in their division that year, Dale Murphy was 20 years old, Phil Niekro was 37 and still hanging on.  In 1976, only the Montreal Expos lost more games in the National League than my Atlanta Braves.

It didn’t matter.  On Opening Day, the Braves were in first (along with every other team).

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