At the progressive nagging of my friend Mike and my little brother David, I succumbed to purchasing a Nintendo 2DS along with the new Pokemon Y. The last memory I have of playing a Pokemon game was 8th grade as I played Pearl and Diamond with David. As I walked out of Gamestop, I ensured Mike and David I wasn’t going to do anything but play Pokemon Y.
On the car ride back to my home, my phone notified me of a message. My brother glared at me when “Your Move” blared in the car. “I don’t get it. Why Yu-Gi-Oh and why that sound? I would’ve just chosen the ‘it’s time to duel part of the song.,'” said David. Mike just sat in the front silently, but earlier we were discussing how I was going to rebuild my Yu-Gi-Oh deck. Not sure if the trip to New Rochelle is worth it or not…actually yes it is, but apparently there are new rules since I played it back in 05. The way Mike was putting made it sound more confusing than how you played with Pokemon cards back in the day.
The one video game I have been playing fervently since I’ve been back is Gran Turismo 5. Yes, I know the sixth game in the series was released and there are two reasons why I didn’t get it. One, I bought the 2DS and Pokemon so no funds were left. Two, David said he was going to buy it and instead got Need for Speed. Sigh…
Why am I sharing all this unnecessary information with you? This has nothing to do with sports, has nothing to do with anything remotely relevant to you…or is it? Have you ever stopped and thought back to your childhood and what you did as a child? With three days left before we ring in a new year, this topic is relevant to us all.
Many of us will be partaking in resolutions that many will not stay true to while others will. But with a new year comes a new year away from what you used to know and what you used to do. For me as a child, my Saturday mornings were booked. There was a reason for me to wake at 8am every Saturday and that was to turn on Channel 11 and watch cartoons such as Yu-Gi-Oh. From 8am to 12pm, my eyes were glued to the television screen. Rugrats, Rocket Power, Dexter’s Laboratory, Dragon Ball Z, Hey Arnold, Jimmy Neutron, Power Rangers, the list goes on. As my best friend puts it “90s was the best time to be a kid.”
Another part of my childhood revolved around video games. I have been a member of Team Sony since I first saw my brother playing WWF (now WWE) Attitude in the corner room of our apartment which I am currently sitting in right now. I became captivated not just with the system, but even the game itself. Once I learned that WWE was actually a real thing and was on TV, it was a wrap and I became obsessed with it. Granted, there was a “sabbatical” period until 2005 between me and WWE and let’s just say it was outside interference that prompted this period. My second favorite game then became Gran Turismo and while all my friends would talk about Crash and Spyro, I was set on GT. Yeah, I played Crash and Spyro, but the memorable one to me was Gran Turismo and through it, I started watching NASCAR.
I want you to take a guess what the last integral part of my childhood was. I’ll give you a hint: It starts with an S and rhymes with shorts. Yes, sports. Here’s a fun fact. I am a Mets fan, but I have been to more games in Yankee Stadium than I have been to at Shea Stadium and Citi Field. The first game I attended was a Yankee game, but the first team I fell in love with was the Mets. The fondest memory I have is staying up late and watching the New York Mets go into the 8th inning down 8-1 against the Atlanta Braves and watch my favorite Met of all-time, Mike Piazza, smack a three-run home run to cap off a 10 run inning that gave the Mets an 11-8 lead. I was jumping up and down and screaming “Let’s Go Mets!” But I also remember the home run battle between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa that will never happen again given what we learned they were doing in order to engage in that historic battle. This fascination with baseball prompted me to join the pee-wee leagues and keep up with baseball until I graduated high school.
So why am I devoting time to writing a post on revisiting my childhood when I should be working on The B-Line? Because I think this is something we need to think about. As we enter 2014, think about where you are right now and where you were before. On this break, I have reconnected with two passions of mine as a child and while the kid jokes have been raining down on me from family, I never felt this in touch with myself for awhile. Take some time to reflect on your childhood because your childhood has made you what you are today believe it or not. My upbringing with sports has prompted me to make a career out of it and my hobbies of video games and television has come full circle not just with the purchase of a 2DS but with the friends I have made over the years. Your childhood is a part of your block so let yourself be lost in your kid self sometimes. That’ll be one of my resolutions for 2014. Make it one of yours.
“Green Eggs and Ham was the story of my life. I wouldn’t eat a thing when I was a kid, but Dr. Seuss inspired me to try cauliflower!” – Jim Carrey