How to Balance Baseball With Your Girlfriend

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In the movie "Fever Pitch," Jimmy Fallon's character is so obsessed with the Red Sox that he turns down the chance to go to Paris with his sweetheart, played by Drew Barrymore.

If this sounds like you, then chances are good that your girlfriend feels like she's on the losing end of a competition with your love of the sport. And while there's nothing quite like seeing your team win the World Series, you also don't want to follow the same course as Fallon's character, who left a string of broken relationships in his wake.

It's true that there are plenty of women out there who would walk over hot coals for plum playoff tickets, but what if you have found a beautiful, intelligent woman who -- gasp -- isn't crazy about baseball? Is she doomed to become a "sports widow," described as "that long-suffering woman who keeps her significant other supplied with beer and chips while he sprawls on the couch watching endless hours of sport programming" [source: Russell]? If so, will she still be there when the season is over, or will you end up single every year by playoffs?

To find the answer, you'll have to ask yourself a few questions: Why did you pick someone who doesn't share your love of baseball? Do you two have plenty of other things in common? If she seems to resent the hours you spend with your sport, is she being unreasonable? Or are you the one who has a thing or two to learn?

If your girlfriend is wonderful in lots of ways, but just doesn't share your passion for the diamond (at least not the green kind), then you need to learn to find a balance between your sport and your relationship. If you put in the work, you can keep both of your true loves.

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