Million Dollar Question – What Player Do You Wish You Followed Closer During Their Playing Days??
We’ve all been there. We try to predict the success of a baseball player before the country takes note of his super-human talents. And then we scoop up hoards of his rookie baseball cards in an attempt to set up future retirement funds for our kids.
And for the one hundred times that we thought we ‘nailed it’ we are probably successful less than 10% of the time.
I’ve had minor victories, but none that can be classified as major. But I have had some epic fails – Kiki Jones, Luis Medina, Ramon Martinez, and many more.
And then there are the guys that simply sneak up on you.
And that is what tonight’s Million Dollar Question is all about – What Player Do You Wish You Followed Closer During Their Playing Days??
For me, the player is Pedro Martinez. As a baseball fan that valued the Montreal Expos and their team history more than the normal fan, I have always had a soft-spot for the players that spent parts of their careers in Montreal. Of course you have Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, and Gary Carter in that fine group. But you also have Randy Johnson, Delino DeShields, Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, and the one guy that I simply never paid attention to – Pedro Martinez.
Pedro, I am sorry. I don’t know how this happened, but I definitely realize that it was a big mistake. While others tagged you as a future 1st ballot Hall of Famer, I just went about my business. And when you started winning World Series titles in Boston, I awaited the next baseball season with the hope of identifying the next superstar before others took notice.
Ultimately, I feel like I missed out on witnessing an amazing major league career – and based on what I now know about the outcome of his playing days and all that he accomplished on the baseball field, I know that I missed out on something spectacular.
How about you? Is there a former major league player that you look back at and wish you valued more during their playing days? Do you feel like you really missed out on witnessing a special talent?
Let me hear it. And as always, thanks for reading!!!