Technically inspired by @dad3 Thanks!
  1. I was 8 years old
    Obviously my age seemed to confirm my destiny 😉
  2. I had begun playing baseball on an all boys team at the beginning of the summer
  3. A League of Their Own just came out in theaters
  4. The best player in the league was Dottie Hinson
  5. The number on her uniform was 8
  6. I wanted to be the best player in our (little) league
  7. 8 has been my number in every sport I've played since then
    And I've played on a ton of sports team since I was 8.
  8. Side note: it was difficult for me to not write out a number under ten for the purposes of this list