I often find myself wondering what celebrities did before they became famous. What were they good at outside of their career? What were their hobbies? How did they spend their free time? You know, the normal questions. When it comes to TV lovers' favorite home-renovating team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, these questions are no different.
So when I learned that Chip was actually a talented athlete through most of his childhood and into his teenage years, pre-Magnolia and Fixer Upper, I couldn't help but imagine him in the MLB and what life would be like if Joanna were actually a baseball wife. Come on! Can you imagine Big Chip out on third base fielding ground balls with the likes of Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge?!
After playing through his senior year at Grapevine High School (1993), Dallas News reported that Chip played for Northlake College in Irving, Texas for a year before transferring to Baylor. Unfortunately, upon transferring, Chip didn't make the baseball team, which actually devastated his family, who believed they were "raising the next great superstar baseball player."
"We laugh now, because we spent a lot of time trying to fit [Chip] into a box he didn't fit into," Chip's mom Gayle told the newspaper. But after hard work, Chip's time mowing the lawn as a fifth grader, working odd jobs trimming trees and landscaping throughout college, and even starting a laundry service after his graduation from Baylor in 1998 (true story: it was called Green and Gold, Wash and Fold), he ended up exactly where he was supposed to be.
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