Yesterday morning’s post about the proposed trade for Nick Markakis made me think about Kelly Gruber.
I can’t explain why — and I’m honestly not sure there was a reason — but as a kid growing up in the mid to late 80s, some of my favorite baseball players were good-but-not-quite-great third basemen. I really liked Gruber and Tim Wallach and Carney Lansford. For no logical reason at all, I liked them more than more-accomplished third basemen like Wade Boggs and Mike Schmidt.
My team was the Cardinals, and they had Terry Pendleton — their own good-but-not-quite-great third baseman — but I kept hoping they’d make a trade for one of my guys. I have no idea why. I just liked them, and I was certain the rest of the baseball world undervalued them.
That’s why yesterday’s post made me think of Kelly Gruber. My guess is that every baseball fan has one or two opposing players who they value beyond what the rest of the world thinks they should.
Who’s yours? Who’s your Kelly Gruber? Who’s your Nick Markakis?