Champion Firm, P.C. - April 2020


Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys hampion Firm, P.C.


APRIL 2020


going to games regularly means I get to see a lot of players from different teams come through.

Spring is here at last, and there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to, like the nice weather and the fresh air. But above all else, I've been looking forward to spring because it means going to Atlanta Braves home games. I love baseball, and nothing says spring like catching a Braves game. Fortunately, I split Atlanta Braves season tickets with some friends, so I get to catch 20 home games each season. While I’ve always been a bigger fan of football, as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to appreciate baseball more. There’s a real strategy to the game. Teams have to swap out their pitchers when certain batters come up to the plate, and there’s so much data teams have to analyze. If you’ve seen “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I also like the fact that, in baseball, teams who don’t have a higher payroll can still win it all. Unlike football or basketball, there’s no real star power. In baseball, the underdogs can still come out on top. I love an underdog story; that’s why I became a personal injury attorney. When I was growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, we had a minor league baseball team, the Fayetteville Generals. My first ballgame was a Generals game. But my dad was from Pennsylvania, which meant our family always rooted for Pittsburg teams. We rooted for the Steelers for football, the Penguins for hockey, and the Pirates for baseball. Mind you, this was back in the early ‘90s, when the Pirates were really good. I was such a huge Pirates fan, so visiting Pittsburg to see a Pirates game was the best part of summer vacation. Back when I collected baseball cards, I had a special book where I kept all my Pirates cards. I actually still have all those cards! My mom threatened to throw them out if I didn’t get them out of her house. I can still remember the awe I felt going to a Pirates game as a kid. Watching the players I’d seen on TV come out onto the field was so cool. Attending baseball games as an adult doesn't have quite the same magic as when I was a kid, but I still look forward to the games. It’s a lot of fun to watch major league games in the town where I live, and

If you’ve never been big on baseball but want to give it a try, you have to attend a game in person. Unlike football or basketball, where the games are just as exciting

when you watch them on TV, I’ve always felt like you have to be in the stadium to really enjoy a baseball game. I’m sure even die-hard

baseball fans will agree. There’s nothing like sitting in the bleachers with a hot dog and some popcorn surrounded by fellow fans and hearing that crack as the bat connects with the ball. Then there’s the seventh inning stretch, where they play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” You don’t get that experience at home in your living room. For the peak baseball experience, I recommend a night game in the summer. Catching a game in the middle of June at 1 p.m. can be brutal. It’s more fun to go at night, when the temperature is cooler and you can soak in the stadium lights. Night games are when you really understand why baseball was once called America’s pastime. That said, when the weather is nice and the sun is shining, I’ll always enjoy catching a ballgame.

–Darl Champion

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