Originally Posted by WVRedsFan
8. Eric Davis - another one who should be respected more
I'm always very happy with the lip service that Davis gets around here and with people who know the Reds pretty well. In general, he is not nearly as respected in baseball circles as I think he should be and this makes me upset. But for Reds fans, I think, he was wholly unforgettable.
I loved Paul O'Neill, Jose Rijo, I had an inexplicable fondness for Ron
Oester for some reason. Larkin. There are a lot of current Reds that I love a lot too -- I have unconditional love for Adam Dunn, and when Griffey plays well or says something rad it makes me want to run laps around the block. I also have always counted Johnny Bench as a favorite even though he was retired by the time I could understand the game. More than any of the BRM, he seemed to be the beloved holdover legend from the 70s.
But none of them compares to Eric Davis, whom I hold almost entirely responsible for my love of baseball. He also kind of ruined my life. When you're a kid and you have an idol like that as your first exposure to things, somebody who is SO good, so wonderful, so perfect in your eyes, and he gets hurt but keeps coming back, and then wins the World Series, and then goes away but has a fun and very emotional career to watch which involves him freaking overcoming cancer and helping some random team get to the playoffs -- while meanwhile your childhood team is becoming...well, the current Reds -- I think in some ways I was too spoiled. Had he been accused of steroids or something, maybe things would be different. As it is, now I want everybody to play like him, when in reality he may have been a once-in-a-lifetime ballplayer. But I guess I wouldn't have things any other way. God, he was just such a joy to watch.