Mahmood Thompson describes himself as a die-hard fan of the Atlanta Braves and how he thinks they could do better.
Whether it’s freezing rain or a muggy 90 degree heat, I’m sitting in the stands cheering for the Atlanta Braves. I’m what you call a die-hard fan. Most of the games I go to are with my dad; he’s been going to the games since before I was even born. The two of us are worried about the team and I really want them to do better next season. I’ve been a Braves fan for the last 3 years. I started following the team when they tried but failed to make the post season… that was disappointing. I go to at least 20 games a year and watch all the others on television. But when I’m at Turner Field and seeing the game first-hand, I stay to the end - whether we’re up 10-1 or we are down 10-1.
I truly care about them and feel like I’m part of the team. Even though I’m just a teenager, I can get carried away and imagine I’m the manager myself. I have been thinking a lot about things the team needs: There are times when youthfulness has its advantages: And with the Braves pitchers, our rookies are so good that we can let go of some of our tiring and untalented guys. I know some older folks will disagree, but I don’t think youth screw up so much.
I look forward to cheering through a lot of games next year, so I hope we make it to the playoffs. But don’t worry, I still plan on sitting in my seat again next year during the regular season - even if I’m not the manager.