Hello readers, my name is Joe Lucia, and I'm the author here at BravesHeart. A quick background of myself: I'm 23 years old, and live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I just graduated from Penn State University with a BS in management, concentrated in human resources. Now that we know each other...
I absolutely love Braves baseball. I've been a fan for 15 years now. When I was a young child and my mind could easily be shaped, my father raised me as a Phillies fan. After they lost in the 1993 World Series, I decided it would be best to jump ship and become a fan of their newest division rival, the Atlanta Braves. It was a match made in heaven, and I've been living and breathing the team ever since.
Before any of you make a crack about me being a blogger who lives in my mother's basement who's never played the game, let me educate you. I played baseball for 7 years when I was in elementary school, primarily playing third base and left field. Looking back on things, I was a typical Moneyball player. I walked a lot, struck out a lot, was real slow, and could hit the ball a long ways. When I got into junior high, I decided to stop playing because I didn't think I was good enough. The world will never know if I could have actually succeeded with my abilities.
I've got a lot of favorite Braves throughout the years...most of them are the usual suspects. Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, etc. But my favorite all-time Brave would have to be Ryan Klesko. As a kid, I idolized Ryan because "he's a big guy like me and we play the game the same". I just thought it was so cool that someone who played the game like I did could be successful at the level he was. The morning he was traded to the Padres, I cried for hours. I still followed his career while he was in San Diego and San Francisco, and I still think he's one of the more underrated players of my lifetime.
Aside from baseball, I have other interests. I'm big into college football and the NFL, and my favorite teams in those sports are the Northwestern Wildcats and Baltimore Ravens. What can I say, I like purple. I also really love mixed martial arts, and have over 500 shows on DVD...yeah, just a little obsessed there. When I'm not watching sports, you can usually find me playing my Xbox 360 or watching TV...I like all sorts of television, from the Food Network, to Discovery and History, to CBS cop dramas, to NBC sitcoms. I'm all over the board.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoy the blog!