My Baseball Origin Story: Adam Guest

Picture the scene. It was a warm summer’s evening in 1997.

I was a young, ten-year-old boy, sitting on the top row of the bleachers.

The small stadium’s flood lights illuminated the field as the sun set and the scent of hot dogs lingered in the air.

Peering towards the pitcher’s mound, I struggled to see clearly due to a swirling wind.

Suddenly, a spaceship descended from the darkening sky and landed on the field. The doors opened, revealing a bright light, and out stepped Lola Bunny in a scene reminiscent of Michael Jordan the film Space Jam.

Suddenly, I woke up and realised I’d been dreaming about Space Jam again. It’s funny how a film about basketball and the Looney Tunes is the reason I got into baseball.

If you haven’t seen the film, I highly suggest you do; it’s a classic. Not only does it have Michael Jordan, Bill Murray and Wayne Knight, it also has Lola Bunny, the Looney Tunes equivalent of Marilyn Monroe.

The film inspired me to dream of becoming a baseball player and setting life goals for myself.

My first goal was to attend a live baseball game in the US, and my second goal was to marry Lola Bunny.

Space Jam is a story about how basketball legend Michael Jordan quits the NBA and wants to become a professional baseball player. Well, that’s what I take from the film anyway.

It’s actually a story about an alien who wants to abduct the Looney Tunes to serve as attractions at his amusement park.

He steals the skills of top basketball players and creates a team of incredible basketball playing monsters.

A pivotal game is set up between these monsters and the Looney Tunes, where defeat would result in the latter becoming the alien’s captives.

In an astonishing turn of events, this story is indeed reality. Yes, you read that correctly—it’s a true tale! Michael Jordan left the NBA to pursue a career in baseball.

I can’t confirm the space alien aspect, although I’m quite certain that part is fictional.

My fascination with the scene of Jordan in his Birmingham Barons uniform has stayed with me, causing recurring dreams.

The images of the baseball field, the uniforms and the stadium all made a lasting impression on me.

During the nineties, when I was just nine years old, keeping up with MLB was nearly impossible. However, my love for baseball persisted.

Fuelled by my imagination and a packet of felt tips, I created my own teams and leagues.

It wasn’t until 2003, when I stumbled upon a baseball book in my school library, that my passion for the game truly ignited.

It took me several years to truly connect with a team. I explored various options, and I have to confess, in 2016, I thought I had found the perfect match with the Colorado Rockies.

Unfortunately, they ended up disappointing me. Like many tales of heartbreak, it started with hope and anticipation, but in the end, they let you down, shattering all your future aspirations. Why trade Nolan Arenado? Why allow Trevor Story to leave?

I suppose it was enjoyable while it lasted. Famously Jimmy Ruffin sings, “What becomes of the broken hearted?” I’ll tell you Jimmy, we become bitter.

I can’t stand the Rockies, they genuinely infuriate me. And whilst the current owners are still there I’ll always be bitter towards them.

So I’m still looking for my new major league love. I know they’re out there. I’ve had some nice dates with some teams. Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have been very nice. We’ve shared meals together, celebrated championships and had some steamy hot nights, especially in the summer of 2022.

Although they are extremely attractive teams and I just couldn’t commit to any of them. I felt my rocky relationship with the Rockies damaged me more than I’ll ever know.

I became disillusioned with MLB and started to look at the minor leagues to get my kicks and surprisingly it worked.

After scouring the minor leagues for a team I came across a small High-A team in North Carolina. They’re called Asheville Tourists and they play in the South Atlantic League.

The stadium, team uniforms, logo, and especially the stunning location touched my heart. It evoked that Space Jam vibe for me. Everything about the team seemed both familiar and fresh, thrilling yet cozy.

I have always aimed to support a team that I would love to visit during a trip to the USA, and Asheville met all my expectations. And funnily enough they are a former affiliate of Colorado Rockies and both Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story played for them.

I use YouTube and social media to keep up with the team. Thanks to the internet, following baseball has become effortless.

I enjoy watching highlights of the Asheville Tourists and another advantage of the internet is it means I can look at pictures of Lola Bunny.

Seriously, why do I have such a fixation about a cartoon bunny?

My relationship with the Asheville Tourists is going well and I can see a great future together with them, unlike with Lola, who is just a cartoon character after all.

Following Asheville Tourists has made me love baseball even more.

Similar to Michael Jordan in Space Jam, I discovered that the minor leagues held more allure for me than the majors.

You might be wondering if I’ll ever fall for a MLB team again? Can the Colorado Rockies mend things and reignite our past flame? I can’t say for sure, but regardless of the outcome, I will keep searching for the perfect MLB team. For now, I am extremely happy with the Asheville Tourists, and maybe our bond will last forever?

Perhaps one day, I will fulfil one of my goals. The goal of watching a game at their stadium at sunset, not the goal of marrying Lola Bunny, I’m pretty sure she’s out of my league anyway.

Anyway, there you have it, that’s how a movie about basketball, aliens and Michael Jordan made me fall in love with baseball, Asheville Tourists and Lola Bunny.

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