Names…

of my favorite players ever:

  1. Willie Randolph
  2. Bernie Williams
  3. Mariano Rivera
  4. Rickey Henderson
  5. Dave Winfield
  6. Derek Jeter
  7. Paul O’Neill
  8. Mike Mussina
  9. Jimmy Key
  10. Sid Fernandez

This is the canon for me. It would be hard for anything to change it…even another list of names.

49 comments… add one
  • 1) Dave Winfield
    2) David Cone
    3) Mariano Rivera
    4) Derek Jeter
    5) Dwight Gooden
    6) Paul Oneil
    7) Mike Mussina
    8) Eric Davis (I wanted his name for a while when I was young)
    9) Ricky Henderson
    10) Dennis Rasmussen

    walein December 12, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • I may have to knock off Rasmussen in order to get Willie in there.

    walein December 12, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Ok Nick, I will bite.
    Favorite Players Of All-Time:
    1. Derek Jeter
    2. Don Mattingly
    3. Jorge Posada
    4. Andy Pettitte
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Craig Biggio
    7. Lenny Dykstra
    8. Mariano Rivera
    9. Alex Rodriguez
    10. Will Clark
    Players I Admire But Never Got To See Play:
    1. Joe D
    2. Yogi
    3. Thurman
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Carl Pavano

    John - YF December 12, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • 1. Nolan Ryan
    2. Pedro Martinez
    3. David Ortiz
    4. Mo Vaugn
    5. Josh Beckett
    6. Brooks Robinson
    7. Rafael Palmiero
    8. Ivan Rodriguez
    9. Manny Ramirez (he’s like a little kid!)
    10. Julian Tavarez
    I admit that I have a man-crush on Tavarez. He’s just so damn entertaining, and I love to see pitchers that enjoying picking fights (hence Nolan Ryan at the top)

    Atheose December 12, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • HAHAHA John, just saw “Carl Pavano” on your list.

    Atheose December 12, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • BAH, how could I forget Julio Franco?

    Atheose December 12, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • I forgot Pedro…and Manny.

    walein December 12, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Beckett
    Pedro
    Unit
    Mariano
    Clemens
    Nolan Ryan
    Ivan Rodriguez
    A-Rod
    Oil Can
    Beckett:)

    Brad December 12, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Greg Maddux
    Roger Clemens
    Mariano Rivera
    A-Rod
    Derek Jeter
    Bernie Williams
    Paul O’Neil
    Darryl Strawberry
    Lenny Dykstra
    Don Mattingly
    I also liked watching Pedro pitch and admire Manny and Ortiz’s hitting but they just arent my favorite players.

    sam-YF December 12, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • Just off the top of my head, and trying to keep to just 10:
    1. Sid Fernandez (patron saint of FenSheaParkway)
    2. Greg Maddux
    3. Trot Nixon
    4. Bill Lee (not that I ever saw him play, but if I were a Baseball player, I’d be Bill Lee II)
    5. Mike Piazza
    6. Rickey Henderson
    7. Ron Darling
    8. Tim Wakefield
    9. Howard Johnson
    10. David Ortiz

    FenSheaParkway December 12, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • 1. Manny Ramirez
    2. Nolan Ryan (pitching for the Rangers when I was a kid)
    3. David Ortiz
    4. Pedro Martinez
    5. Vladimir Guerrero
    6. Josh Beckett
    7. Joe Mauer
    8. Johan Santana
    9. Roy Oswalt
    10. Albert Pujols

    Devine December 12, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • It should also be noted there was a long gap in my baseball fandom. Liked it up till 10/11 years old, stopped watching for 7/8 years entirely, got crazy again in ’03.

    Devine December 12, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • 1. Willie Randolph
    2. Don Mattingly
    3. Lou Whittaker
    4. Rod Carew
    5. Mo
    6. Munson
    7. Chris Chambliss
    8. Catfish
    9. Jeter
    10. Rags

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 5:34 pm
  • AG-
    Forgot about Carew too! Good one.

    walein December 12, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • walein, I definitely screwed up in leaving Winnie off my list. I worshipped that guy when he was in stripes.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • 1. Donnie Baseball
    1a. Derek Jeter
    2. Tino Martinez
    3. Steve Balboni!!!!

    krueg December 12, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • My favorite Yankees have gone, in order:
    1. Mattingly
    2. O’Neill
    3. Bernie
    4. Cano
    Cole Hamels and Phil Hughes are currently my two favorite young pitchers.

    AndrewYF December 12, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • 1. Pedro
    2. Pedro
    3. Pedro
    There has never been a more fun and enjoyable player to watch in my Sox-rooting history. My all-time fave.
    Second Tier:
    4. Luis Tiant
    5. Fred Lynn
    6. Carl Everett – for a brief moment Fun Carl was a hoot, completely entertaining, playing on the edge of total lunacy. And then he lost it, and Fun Carl turned into Embarrassing Carl.
    7. Wade Boggs, especially during the Margo Adams era. His at-bats were works of art.
    8. High Bernie Williams, pre-jazz and bad knees days – elegant and classy, he is one of only two member of the Yankees that I find/found myself actively liking, the other being Mariano Rivera.
    There are more, for sure.

    SF December 12, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • Oh, and Alan Horne is my favorite Yankee pitching prospect (he was still my favorite prospect even with Chamberlain and Kennedy in the minors), with Austin Jackson being my favorite Yankee position prospect. Not TOO original, but hey.

    AndrewYF December 12, 2007, 6:23 pm
  • 1. Donnie
    2. Paulie
    3. Jorge
    4. Bernie
    5. Mo
    6. Andy
    7. Moose
    8. Soriano

    KurticusMaximus- YF December 12, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • In no particular order…
    Mariano
    Posada
    Pettitte
    Mussina
    Jim Abbott
    Julio Franco
    Tino
    Tom Glavine
    Griffey Jr.
    Phil Rizzuto

    yankeemonkey December 12, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • 1. Mariano Rivera – to me, the epitomy of class and grace – on and off the field
    2. Andy Pettitte – another truly classy guy. He has come through in so many big spots – a joy to watch
    3.Hank Aaron – I’ll never forget watching him hit #714 (on TV) with my dad. Saw him play toward the end of his career.
    4.Jeter
    5.Mattingly
    6. Bernie
    7. Vlad
    8. Ron Guidry
    Players I wish I could have seen:
    Koufax
    Mantle
    Willie Mays
    Bob Gibson
    Joe D
    Ted Williams
    Games I wish I could have seen:
    Any 2 of the ’50’s WS games between the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 at the stadium, and 1 at Ebbets Field.

    Anonymous December 12, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Sorry, “#714” should be #715.

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 12, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Andews.. really like that list you made. I couldn’t fit Gator on mine, though I really wanted to. Out of the ones you wish you could have seen, I agree with all those too, but Bob Gibson stands out. I think I may have been a Cardinals fan if I was old enough to understand baseball when he was pitching. This sentence may be a stretch, but bear with me; I can not help but think of Joba in a sideways-sense as an inheritor to Gibson. Stoic, Nebraska-born fireballer with impeccable control who owns the plate, and will make it known. Okay, so it’s a huge stretch, but I thought this some time ago, and now am voicing, or at least writing it. I guess we shall see how it pans out. Would love to see it be true.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Oy, I forgot my favorite player from my youth, my hero, Pudge Fisk. He slots in ahead of El Tiante.

    SF December 12, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Luis Tiant
    Carlton Fisk
    Willie Stargell
    Rick Burleson
    Pedro
    Curt
    Fred Lynn
    Jim Rice
    Dwight Evans
    (yeah, I’m old)

    VicSF December 12, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Have to admit, always loved pudge…sorry Rick

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • May not make my fave 10, but gotta give honourable mention to David Cone and Jimmy Key.

    urbonz December 12, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • walein, the tough thing about Carew was – though obviously I was nuts about second basemen when I was a kid in Little League, I didn’t even play the position except once in a great while – that I got to see him so very rarely. I just collected his cards and tracked him in the paper. LOVED that guy. I thought Willie, Sweet Lou, and Rod were the epitome of the game.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Ten? Just ten? Crap…
    1. Pedro
    2. Manny
    3. Papi
    4. Boggs
    5. Wake
    6. Clemens
    7. Trot
    8. Ryan
    9. Jody Reed (Sue me, I was a kid, it happens)
    10. Mo

    LocklandSF December 12, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Wait, is this all time or players we saw play?

    LocklandSF December 12, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Lockland, dunno. I think it’s just time to wax poetic about the effect of those players of the game at any time have had on our view of the game. Good-times-stuff, in the face of all this hot-stove-mitchell-malarky. But just guessin.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • To quote my favorite teacher, “write about what excites you.”

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • thanks, gerb

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 12, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Gerb:
    The difference between Gibson and Chamberlain is that Gibson would have stepped back, brushed back those midges accompanied by a stare of death, and kept on his way. My father has always cited Gibson as the bar that all other pitchers are measured against, and knowing that my Dad is somewhat spare in praise of this magnitude that has serious heft in my book.

    SF December 12, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Ok, AG, I like the vibe…
    Top 10 I never saw play:
    1. Teddy
    2. Ruth
    3. Ty
    4. Hank
    5. Gehrig
    6. Musial
    7. Mick
    8. Jackie
    9. Honus
    10.Pesky

    LocklandSF December 12, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • SF: yeah, you are certainly right. After the stare of death, he would have thrown a heater that took out 27 midges on its way to the plate while knocking the batter down, in one pitch. I’m only joking in a sense and don’t mean any offense, as I agree with your Dad. There are stats, and there are stories, and there is the plain, cold, hard fact that Gibson caused baseball to change the game. Dammit, it really would have been a pleasure to see him pitch.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Got your vibe, Lockland. I think I would like to have seen Stan The Man the most, just because I bet I would have liked him best.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • I once had a drink with Stan the Man in St. Louis when I was in grad school. He carried a harmonica with him everywhere, no joke.
    Surreal.

    SF December 12, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • > He carried a harmonica with him everywhere
    Now that is EXACTLY the sort of thing for why I would like him best.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • SF December 12, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Two players stand out among those I wish I could have seen: Walter Johnson and Satchel Paige.
    I would shave 4 years off my life to travel back and watch them. Oh, and then to visit the ’30s and put money on Seabiscuit. The exacta on that would pay for the lost four years.

    FenSheaParkway December 12, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Six of the seven players who once held the coveted “Favorite Player” slot in my heart, in chronological order:
    1. Wade Boggs
    2. Mike Greenwell
    3. Mo Vaughn
    4. Nomar Garciaparra
    5. Pedro Martinez
    6. David Ortiz
    The rest of the list:
    7. Manny Ramirez
    8. John Valentin
    9. Tim Naehring
    10. Tim Wakefield
    Those I never saw, in no order (except No. 1):
    1. Ted Williams
    2. Babe Ruth
    3. Tris Speaker
    4. Ty Cobb
    5. Carl Yastrzemski
    6. Bob Gibson
    7. Sandy Koufax
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Smokey Joe Wood
    10. Walter Johnson
    Game I would most want to see:
    This one.

    Paul SF December 12, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Paul – That is so cool. I hope the rest of the papers in the country get around to web-archiving their old yellowed issues, now that the Times has.
    I would also have loved to see Honus Wagner, if only to find out how the body in those pictures matched up with the descriptions of his play. Without visual evidence, I just don’t get it!

    FenSheaParkway December 12, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Of the guys I saw play…
    All Favorites Team RED SOX
    1.Big Papi
    2.Tony Conigliaro, youngest player to 100 HR
    3.Yaz
    4.Lynn/Rice in ’75, they were inseparable.
    5.Pudge Fisk
    6.Dwight Evans
    7.Cecil Coop Cooper
    8.George Boomer Scott
    9.’Gentleman’Jim Lonborg
    10.Rico Petrocelli
    Honorable Mention
    Bob ‘The Steamer’ Stanley
    All Favorites Team: the rest of MLB
    1. Paul Molitor
    2. George Brett
    3. Rod Carew
    4. Boog Powell
    5. Eddie Murray
    6. Robin Yount
    7. Ernie ‘Mr. Cub’ Banks
    8. Fernando Valenzuela
    9. Frank Robinson
    10. Harmin’ Harmon Killebrew
    Honorable mention
    Don Mattinigly, the only Yankee I didn’t really hate.
    All HATE team
    1. Pete Rose
    2. Thurman Munson
    3. Albert Belle
    4. Barry Bonds
    5. Jose Canseco
    6. Reggie Jackson
    7. Graig Nettles
    8. Lenny Dykstra
    9. Mickey Rivers
    10. Ed Armbrister/Larry Barnett 1975, can’t seperate them either
    Dishonorable Mention
    Steve Garvey

    Brian December 13, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Soriano doesn’t get much love, eh? =P I’ll put together my list tomorrow..
    I did grow up loving ARod though. And Jeter. And most of the 96-00 crew.

    Lar December 13, 2007, 12:33 am
  • I’ve got to add Shoeless Joe Jackson and Jim Rice to my “Players I wish I could have seen” list.
    Last year, my mom told me that my grandfather and Joe were childhood friends; said he always thought Joe was treated unfairly by Landis.
    Rice (like Joe, a native of Western SC) spoke at an assembly at my high school in early ’78. I remember the principal urging everyone to pull for Rice and the Sox the morning of October 2, 1978…
    (I never really liked Mr Buzzell, and that morning’s announcements pretty much depleted what little good will I had toward him!)

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 13, 2007, 9:38 am
  • Top 10 favorites, in no particular order (limited to those I was alive to see play, of course):
    1. Mariano Rivera
    2. Bernie Williams
    3. Paul O’Neil
    4. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez
    5. Don “Donny Baseball” Mattingly
    6. Derek “Cap’n” Jeter
    7. Mike Schmidt
    8. Lenny Dykstra
    9. Jack Morris
    10. Ichiro
    And it’s too early to tell, but I strongly suspect Cano will one day feature prominently on the list.
    And as a Yanks fan, here’s five BoSox players I always really liked:
    1. Nomar
    2. Eckersley
    3. Wakefield
    4. John Valentin
    5. Manuel – he just cracks me up

    Mark (YF) December 13, 2007, 10:42 am
  • 1. David Winfield
    2. Roberto Kelly(Yes, I was sad when he was traded for Paul O’Neil…but I do like Paul)
    3. Doc Gooden (first pitcher I saw hit a homerun)
    4. Donny Baseball Mattingly
    5. Tim Tuffel (Only reason because we share the same name)
    6. Shoeless Joe Jackson
    7. Mo Vaughn (All about housing the poor)
    8. Paul O’Neil
    9. Rickey Henderson
    10. Rafael Santana

    Tim Ein December 13, 2007, 5:28 pm

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