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Anne in the Stands

anne stratton

Greetings and welcome to Anne in the Stands.

In my family you had to love baseball. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended lots of Cubs and White Sox games with my parents and my grandfather. My mom was even more dedicated to her teams than my older brother Bill. When I'd come home from school, she'd be ironing with the game on. "How was school, dear?" she'd call. "Oh, wait, Hank Sauer's up at bat."

Our allegiance shifted instantly the day we moved to Milwaukee in 1957, just as the Milwaukee Braves were humiliating the New York Yankees in the World Series. When the Brewers came to town, I adopted a new team again. These days I try to see about 30 Brewers games a year. Some of my friends think that's unusual, but I patiently explain that a double play is as beautiful as a pas de deux.

News: I used to end this introduction this way: "Just as I hope one of my novels will be published some day, I remain hopeful that the Brewers will return in the World Series."

Buried Heart, my romantic suspense novel (by A. Y. Stratton), was published by The Wild Rose Press in October, 2009 and is available now. (Note the date is the same as the World Series.)

Anne's latest column:  How do I love thee? (4/15/14)
Dear Milwaukee Brewers (aka the winningest team in baseball, winners of nine straight games before April 14), How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

Previous columns:
4/15/14: How do I love thee?
9/9/13: Ever the optimist
8/19/13: Beauty of walk-offs
7/9/13: Over the top Victory
6/4/13: Thoughts on being a fan
9/13/12: Appreciating Yovani
8/13/12: Regulars at the ballpark
7/12/12: Still kneeling at Prince's throne
5/29/12: Why I love baseball
10/9/11: Postseason games
8/23/11: Winning
7/25/11: On Losing
5/25/11: Playing Favorites
9/4/10: A Fitting Tribute
7/12/10: Optimism Abounds
6/11/10: Superstitions are OK
4/12/10: Opening Day Memories
10/08/09: Players I miss
8/28/09: 10 Reasons to stick with the slump-ridden Brewers
7/02/09: Keeping the change
5/19/09: A fan's expectations
10/01/08: Test for a true fan
8/24/08: Idols and crushes
7/22/08: Bonding Moments
6/11/08: Hanging in there
4/14/08: Opener a thrill
9/28/07: Ifs and maybes
8/06/07: Brewers fever
6/28/07: Dreams coming true
5/04/07: Brewers rolling
9/05/06: Superstitions
8/04/06: On the mound
6/20/06: Baseball, the connector
5/1/06: Glitz, glory, Robin, chin hair and the hotty
9/13/05: Walkoffs
8/02/05: Playing favorites
6/13/05: Fans had a blast against Yankees
5/2/05: Hope springs eternal
10/12/04: Update on my postseason funk
10/01/04: Podsednik, Sheets, Overbay provided highlights