September 2006

Favorite Players — Past & Present

Rolen_1Justin Townsend asked who is my favorite player to watch today.  Well Justin, I do watch 4 or 5 players all the time.  I check out the box scores every day to see how they do.  One is third baseman Scott Rolen, who I think is really a terrific player offensively and defensively.  He?s had problems staying healthy.  Derek Jeter has really caught my eye the past couple years.  What a terrific player he is along with Alex Rodriquez.  I know these guys just to say hello to, so that?s probably why I like to watch them.

My all time favorite certainly was Stan Musial, who I grew up idolizing.  I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Cardinals played an exhibition game there in Little Rock every year.  The Cardinal games were the only games we got on radio.   Stan Musial was my all time favorite, and getting to play against him in Spring Training and the All-Star Game made that just even better.

Jyoung asked me about what type glove I use.   I signed with Rawlings when I first started playing professionally, and I used a Rawlings glove my whole career.  I used different ones throughout my career.  I didn?t like them too big or too small.  I couldn?t use a large glove, because I got the ball lost in there a couple times.  I always preferred the H web because I could pull the strings tighter to make the pocket smaller.  If you had the one-piece web, the pocket seemed to get a little deeper every game that I used it.

It?s been a busy summer filled with a lot of Minor League baseball.  Last weekend I attended a Camden (NJ) Riversharks game.  I threw out the first pitch, along with some beautiful rescue dogs from 9/11.  I can honestly say that it was the first time I ever participated in a first pitch ceremony with dogs.  It was a lot of fun.  The stadium is beautiful, and the Ben Franklin Bridge is the backdrop for centerfield.  I had a great time meeting the Minor League fans.

Next week I?m participating in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new stadium in York, PA.  The York Revolution of the Independent League will begin play there in 2007.  I began my professional career with the York White Roses in 1955.  York and their fans hold a special place in my heart.  I am thrilled that they are finally bringing baseball back to York.

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