Meanwhile, my father called and asked me if my husband was watching the Pirates. Of course not, once the Reds are out of it, he is finished. My father, however, is a Cubs fan, and we all know what that means.
When I married, I was happy to convert to a Reds fan from a Cubs fan. I could not live in a world without hope. My parents were pretty devastated, but at least I didn’t marry an American League fan.
Amy McVay Abbott is a freelance journalist and author of “The Luxury of Daydreams.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.