Friday, July 12, 2013

House Divided

I've mentioned before that Aaron and I are both sports fans. Aaron grew up in the Cincinnati area and I grew up near Pittsburgh. When we got married, even though we liked different teams, it wasn't a huge deal. But then two things happened: Penn State joined the Big Ten (meaning they were in the same conference as Aaron's beloved Buckeyes) and Major League Baseball went through realignment, placing Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the same division. Really?

While I'm more of a football fan than baseball, I still enjoy going to games. I was 12 when the Pirates last won the World Series in 1979 (yes, I'm that old) and oh, how we loved Willie Stargell. In 1992, when the Pirates lost the National League Championship Series in a heartbreaker to the Atlanta Braves, I cried the whole way home from the bar where I was watching. I still have a soft spot for Jim Leyland, the manager at the time, even though he's now in Detroit.

PNC Park is a kick-ass place to watch a baseball game. Aaron and I have gone a couple times, including for our 20th anniversary (we're so romantic).

Aaron is a huge baseball fan. There's not much he likes more in the summer than sitting on our screened porch listening to Marty Brennaman calling the Reds' games on the radio. A while back we went to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and they had a display about radio and this sign sums up Aaron's feelings.

And yes, we've been to many a Reds game and as long as they're not playing the Pirates, I'll wear my blinged-out Reds hat. Fortunately, we're good-natured about the rivalries, although this year both the Reds and Pirates are playing well so things could get ugly at our house.

But the other day I came home to this:

My husband rocks.

And speaking of rock (or disco), what else could I choose for my #backthatazzup Friday tune but the Pirates' theme song from that fabulous year of 1979?

We Are Family by Sister Sledge on Grooveshark

PS - But wait, there's more! Today I'm guest posting at my friend Steph's blog, Life According to Steph, while she's frolicking down the shore. Check it out!

Linking up with Sarah and Whitney!

Venus Trapped in Mars


  1. Found you through Fan Friday...that was so sweet of your husband to put up the two flags! Seriously, the cutest thing!

  2. Love that he hung up two flags! For a friends wedding gift, I gave them a flag that was Cleveland Indians on the front, NY Yankees on the back. Their rivalry gets pretty intense! haha

  3. I like that you went to a game on your 20th anniversary, but did you go on one on your honeymoon and every vacation within the US every since?? Just sayin' . .. BTW, Lisa G very excited to find out about your blog!

  4. I loved watching the Pirates growing up. I also grew up in a suburb of Pgh! My dad would take me in his company's box office and we would watch the games from there. I still have my Pirates baseball cards with Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla. :)

  5. Those flags are pretty awesome.

  6. Ok my friend, I need a picture of this blinged out reds hat, pronto. And I personally find baseball very, very romantic, sounds like the perfect backdrop for a 20th anniversary! :)

  7. LOL, I dont think we could deal with sports rivalries in our house! Luckily we are both born and raised Philly fans. And I think sporting events are a great way to spend an anniversary!!! Our fave sport is ice hockey in this house!

  8. Those flags are seriously awesome- good call Aaron!! :) Also, I couldn't deal with that big of a sports rivalry under one roof haha-- thank goodness Jared and I are from the same town!!

  9. I love the flags! And I love listening to baseball on the radio. It reminds me of being a kid.


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