I grew up in Calgary, in western Canada. This was hockey country. Most people are Flames fans, not Viper fans. However, I am a fan of both teams. I came from an immigrant family, so it was all new to us anyway. We had no long family tradition that we were expected to follow. I suppose this made it a lot easier. My friends' families were all long time hockey fans, and its what they were pushed towards. Looking back at my time in Canada, I think that my openness to baseball in a community that was mostly indifferent to it, also had me become a person that was open to many things that were unpopular. Now, I'm living the dream in New York City as a Mets fan, in a ciircle of friends who are all Yankees fans.