Carolina Connection- Margaret Gasperson

Years ago, my husband and I moved to Winter Haven from High Point, NC. I have always loved sports. We are avid sports fans, but not particularly baseball. 

About a year after being here, our son surprised us with a four pack of Rays tickets for Opening Day. David Price was pitching, and we had a great time!

When we arrived at our second game, we got a Facebook message from Kathy Woods, a dear friend from back home in North Carolina. “Guess what?  My nephew, Wil Myers, just got moved up to the Rays!”, it read.

Margaret in her Wil Myers Jersey

Sure enough, Wil Myers was in the lineup that night. He attended high school at a private school just down the street from our home in North Carolina, where I had coached the high school softball team many years ago.

Well, needless to say we had a hometown connection! Over time I became increasingly invested in the team.

This gal, who once really could not have cared less about baseball, is now a HUGE Tampa Bay Rays fan!  We watch games on tv every night and try to visit the Trop from time to time.

Margaret and her family enjoying a Rays game at Tropicana Field

I even make sure to keep LOTS of Rays paraphernalia around my office. I’ve enjoyed learned the ins and outs of Rays baseball and baseball in general! 

I love to learn about all of the Rays players and baseball was my JOY during the tough times of the pandemic! 

These Carolina transplants are Rays fans for life!!!! 

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