(07-16-2012 01:41 PM)joe callahan13 Wrote: I have 2. I always tend to pull for underdogs.
1- Mike Piazza. Drafted in the 62nd round, and only drafted because he was Tommy Lasorda's godson. From there, he developed into one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time.
2- Josh Hamilton. I know, lots of people will say his problems were self inflicted. I agree. But I did a lot of stupid stuff when I was 19. If someone gave me a few million dollars at age 19, I would likely be in jail or dead. He lost 5 years of his life/career to drugs and alcohol. He pulled himself out and worked his way into baseball again. To beat an addiction like that at all is incredible. To beat it and work your way into being a dominant major league hitter is something altogether different. And just because you made bad decisions when you were a kid doesn't mean you can't be an inspiration. In fact, he is an inspiration to me BECAUSE he made bad decisions, and refused to let those bad decisions define him. (Or his career)
Both of these guys remind me that odds mean nothing. There is no substitute for hard work and desire. Anything is possible and these are my 2 favorite players because they are living proof.
(Arian Foster for football for similar reasons. Undrafted FA that got put on the practice squad before he blew up!)
(08-06-2014 11:33 AM)jaykayzee Wrote: Don't confuse "not valuable" with "not collectible".
(07-16-2012 10:58 AM)jacobystealshome Wrote: My initial thought is always jackie robinson, but i will always answer roberto clemente
(07-16-2012 02:19 PM)bman12 Wrote: +1 roberto clemente was a class act and will always be imo.