Re: Feel good thread! Who was your first baseball hero?
Thinking back, I guess it depends what age I was. Pete Whisenant 1959. I was 10. Back then, some of the players would occasionally come into the Moon Deck and mingle with the fans pre-game. He shook my hand and it completely consumed my little paw. He seemed enormous!! A MLB player actually spoke to me! Funny what impresses a young kid.
At 14, it became Marv Breeding for awhile. He played for the Orioles and Dodgers in the 60's. He played Legion ball with my uncle in Alabama, and I had met him then. When the Dodgers came to Crosley Field, my dad took me and I got to visit with Breeding prior the game. Nice haul: autographed glove, a caught game ball, an honorary contract.
But as a late teen/adult, it became Rose. I so admired the hustle, tenacity, and success Rose had as a player. It seemed that's the way all MLB players should play the game.
As Sir Charles stated in thread #81, I had a similar experience with Rose which "dimmed the light" for me. I came upon him under the grandstands at Crosley one night, surrounded by autograph seekers. A grandfatherly figure with a small child asked Pete how the tryout for his brother Dave was going, as they sought an autograph. Rose blasted the man with expletives (ala BP), embarrassing the old guy in front of his little grandson! Crowd was shocked at his behavior and language! Gotta remember, this was mid 60s.
Sorry for the length, but this thread has caused me to recall some pretty good Reds memories! Keep the stories coming.