No Rotten Fruit From the Peanut Gallery!

I realize that this admission may get a few squidgy oranges and tomatoes tossed my way, but hubby and I aren’t big fans of watching professional sports.  It’s been uncomfortable adjusting to being "that family" in the military, a lifestyle that definitely includes many a bonding Sunday with chips, salsa, the game on TV, and the entire squadron decked out in various jerseys while screaming epithets at a screen the size of a deuce-and-a-half.  We’ve adjusted well, I think.  We have fun at the game parties and no one grills us about any stats; and in exchange, we’re the first ones people call when stumped by a question on Jeopardy.  Everyone is happy.

That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy sports – hubby is very athletic.  He can run for miles and miles and nearly always maxes his fitness test.  I played softball in high school and was on the swim team until waking up suddenly one morning to boobs of stripper proportions sometime around my fifteenth birthday.

It’s just that we aren’t big on watching other people run around seemingly aimlessly on someone else’s TV screen. 

And that became a problem when we realized that my son could watch any number of sports on TV for hours at a time, forgetting even to eat or drink in his absorption with where the ball was going and who was getting it there.

To further add to our dilemma, AirForceGuy spends an awful lot of time in places that aren’t home.  Which means that my son is left to figure out how a boy is supposed to act while surrounded by a moody batch of girls.

We had to take some kind of action.  We just didn’t know what.

First up was figuring out exactly what sport my son was really interested in.  It would have been easiest for me if he showed a penchant for football; after all, it is fairly easy to explain, flashy, lots of barely clothed cheerleaders, tailgate parties, and my family has a hereditary team all picked out already.  It was all laid out and ready to go.

And while Baby Jakob will watch football if there are no other sports on, it’s just not his thing.  He’s not a particular fan of tossing the pigskin around in his spare time. 

No, what Baby Jakob is interested in is baseball.  He stands outside swinging a bat for hours at a time.  He’s got a great eye, and can hit the ball from what I consider a fairly fast pitch.  He already clamors to visit the batting cages on Fort Dix with us.

Okay, baseball.  That’s fine – all American and eminently respectable.  But what TEAM?  You can’t be a baseball fan without a team!  That’s like going to the Fourth of July without a flag! 

Unfortunately, we don’t already have a team preference.  There’s no team from our "hometown", and we’re a military family without a real home, anyway.  Just how are we supposed to find a baseball team for our four year old?  As a political science major, my first instinct was to run a statistical analysis of wins and player stats.  Hubby said that was ridiculous.  I thought about choosing according to Baby Jakob’s favorite color.  Apparently, that’s not normal, either.

Finally, the problem solved itself.  This afternoon we were driving to Target when we realized what my son’s favorite song was… After two stanzas of "Sweet Caroline", we realized that my son was meant to be a Red Sox fan.  Apparently, anyway.  And no boos or hisses, either.  The kid thinks for himself!

Now we need to buy him his first jersey. 

About the Author


airforcewife started her military journey as an Army National Guard wife, but upon experiencing base housing decided to aim high and made the switch to the Air Force. That's worked pretty well for Air Force Family so far, even though airforcewife holds the spouse world record for Come to Jesus talks with various members of the command.

Air Force Family has four children, two pit bulls, and a Mother-in-Law who lost her mind eight years ago. Despite the reputation of pit bulls, airforcewife would like to assure you that her Mother-in-Law is truly the most dangerous of the group, and is banned in more places than the dogs.

airforcewife gets through Air Force Guy's frequent deployments and TDY's by frequently attending her boxing gym, after the chance discovery last deployment that hitting things really does make life better. She also volunteers as the Ambassador for Sew Much Comfort to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and in a variety of other causes throughout the year.

airforcewife has no idea what the future holds, but decided five years ago that she wants to be Andi when she grows up.

  • The husband says Baby Jacob is a very smart little boy. And he gave me a little Red Sox something-something to send to Baby Jacob. It’ll be in the mail next week….

  • Kel

    thats to cute.. My son is in the same boat.. Granted my husban dis a football FREAK! he was the highschool quarter back( no i was NOT a cheerleader..l.ol) He has “his” team and of course he thinks it should by default be Lil Seans team. But he does not seem to like football he likes basketball and DH knows nothing abotu thta sport has no BB team he likes.. and I am here with 4 girls and 1 boy..he is a tad bit outnumbered only the dog is on his side. So i called grandpa.. and of course i was otld it has got to be the 76ers since we are from outside of Philly and it would just be wrong not to choose them!.. so we watched them and he got up and walked away! finally he settled on watching the lakers..@@ well their colors are pretty,..LOL

  • Well obviously I can’t read this blog anymore. As a Yankee fan I just can’t justify betraying my team! Ha! I actually had a similar problem when I started getting into sports in high school. I had the heriditary football team all set to go but I was all football-ed out from school. So I went the baseball way. I picked a team based on the most random of things and still spend alot of time explaining my choice. People always ask why I like New York if I never lived there. I always tell them I’m a milbrat, I get to pick whatever team I want! I’ve lived in more places than I can count on two hands and absolutely NONE of them had a major league baseball team within an hours drive. I’m happy with my choice and I hope your son will be happy with his, even if I can’t read your posts anymore!

  • The only sport we watch is NASCAR. Does that count? lol

  • I am jealous. I could live the rest of my life without watching a baseball game. I dated a man that did not watch professional sports, then I married that same man and somewhere a long the line he became addicted to professional football, now it is college football and the other night he was watching baseball. Heaven help me if he gets into baseball.

  • We love all football and college hoops in our house. We bet each other each season as well. I was winning, but last week my football picks didn’t work out so well. We of course also like NASCAR, we are total hillbillies I suppose. The kids only care about NASCAR and are not happy that Dale Jr is getting a new number/car this coming year!
    No one else in the house likes baseball except for me, which is weird b/c DH played all sports previously, including baseball. Believe it or not, I have always been a Yankees fan. Being from the south, that makes me abnormal!! But, that is not a new revelation, now is it?

  • Sarah

    You remember me freaking out at SpouseBuzz Live Fort Hood because I was missing the Cardinals in the World Series, right? That’s my husband’s fault. I don’t know what he did to me.

  • Coastiewife_RN

    Neither my Coastie nor I watch any sort of sports… except I’m a massive Matt Kennseth fan.
    I sure hope that doesn’t dq us from the “cool” club right away?! darn. :)

  • I’m right there with ya, AFW. I’m not a big sports fan and neither is hubs. He’d rather play himself than watch someone else play.
    btw, I’d have gone with the color idea, too.;-)

  • sq

    NO! Don’t do it!!! It took them 86 years to get their 2nd ring.
    At least, as a Yankee fan, he’ll see a post-season. I know, we haven’t done so well in the past 6 years. But it’s just a fluke. We’ll be back. We’ve got 26 rings to prove it. PLUS we have cool t-shirts. Like, “got melky” (melky cabrera center fielder for the NYY). Oh, and we have cheese fries at the stadium!

  • Petra – Army Wife, t

    I was very happy to find out that hubby isn’t into watching sports at all. He also rather plays himself than watch someone else. Occasionally he’ll do some male bonding over a game or a fight with the neighbors though, which is the time I use to watch whatever tickles my fancy on TV (he IS the Master of the Remote…)

  • sports – nope, we don’t watch ’em. DH will watch a really good football game if pressed (ie we are at someone’s house and they are watching..) Me, I used to watch tennis (but Agassi retired, Phillipousis retired… Federer is BORING!) Nascar – oh, look, another left turn… zzzzz.

  • afw – sorry to bust in on this thread, but email sent to you is bouncing back to me. Says there is a block on my email address as it’s considered “junk.” Can you check that on your end?

  • HH7

    Oooh I’m the sports fan in our house! My dh is athletic and all but he came from a state that doesn’t have pro sports so he’s didn’t really grow up with a team to follow. But I’m lucky, he lets me get away with watching my favorite baseball and football team.
    Your baby Jakob is a smart little boy ;) He must really be enjoying this post season, especially now that it’s Yank free! GO SOX!!

  • Shanna

    AFW…The Red Sox are ok, I mean, they do have a great “soundtrack” as an accessory. WhatEVER you do, DO NOT listen to the Yankees fans!!!! I have been a diehard Braves fan since ’81. Even scheduled my 2nd child’s birth (c-section) around my tickets. hehe. Good for Baby Jakob, you gotta LOVE baseball!

  • fraumorgan

    I couldn’t imagine life without football…

  • wrestling mom

    In the last 11 years I have only followed youth and high school wrestling which consumes our time from Oct-Mar.; however, my 8 yr. old is a HUGE Sox fan. Guess I’ll be up late tonight watching the first game of the World Series! Me and baby Jakob, that is.