Re: Feel good thread! Who was your first baseball hero?
Mine was Johnny Bench. I too watched the Baseball Bunch, collected his cards, wore anything I could find to pretend I was a catcher (cowboy vest turned backwards like a chest protector, etc), became a catcher, even dressed as his 1983 topps baseball card of him. My first game in person was in 1983 in Pittsburgh-my parents drove me there from NC to see him for my birthday. I slept on the street in Cooperstown to be front row of regular people to see him inducted into the HOF.
Sadly, he was a jerk the only time I have met him in person at a charity golf event. If I had met him early on I doubt I would have liked him to the degree I did. I know his job was simply to play ball, but I prefer to like the players as people too to be my favorites.
UNC Tar Heels 2009 National Champions 5 time NCAA Champs
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