He asked me a wonderful question that I can't get out of my mind. It can be applied to any team, but since most of my readers on this website are either fans of New York or Pittsburgh, we'll narrow the scope to those two cities in this blog.
The question was: In 20 years from now, at Old Timer's Day, who will be the last five players introduced for your favorite team?
For the Yankees, it was intriguing. One would have to think Jeter will one day reign as number one, just as DiMaggio did for all those years. Rivera will likely be number two. But then this is where it gets interesting. Who will be three? Bernie, Jorge or Andy from the current reign? Or Reggie from the 70s? How about Mattingly who, despite never making it to the Series, was an all-time favorite. Tough call. Would love to hear your comments. Personally, I go Jeter, Rivera, Mattingly, Bernie, and O'Neill, because if Reggie doesn't crack the top 3, he ain't coming.
For the Pirates, since they have not had a winning season in almost two decades, let's focus on today. Obviously, Mazeroski is like the Pope out there, so he is number one. But who would be number two? Clemente's gone. Stargell has passed. Would it be a former star like Dave Parker? Or lifers and still very much in the public eye figures like Blass or Tekulve? How about fan favorite Sanguillen? Again, would love to hear your opinions. Personally, I go Maz, Blass, Parker, Tekulve, and Manny.
The Mets? Seaver, Carter, Mex, Strawberry, and, probably Doc, with apologies to Koosman and Mookie.
What do YOU think?