Originally Posted by minus5
Got to meet Casey once and we talked about....our kids. It was pretty cool, just like talking to any other dad.
Back in the 80s I was hanging out downtown a lot and kept running into Johnny Bench. He was always really nice. One summer I actually ran into him so much that he waved to me first
Heard a lot of stories about Johnny but he was really cool every time I saw him.
In 1980, I went to Reds Spring Training--then in Tampa--with my Dad.
Johnny Bench had always been my idol growing up--I was 13 years old.
For those of you who have been to Spring Training, you know how accessible the players are. I remember Mike LaCoss hanging out with the fans in his street clothes--I have an old picture of that.
Johnny, meanwhile, yelled at me for NOT asking for his autograph. I was with a buddy who did ask. I stood off to the side because I had gotten Johnny's autograph the day before (this was before eBay--multiple autographs weren't really terribly valuable back then).
I couldn't stand him after that and still can't. I've heard dozens of similar stories regarding Bench, too.