I'm hoping to see Bryce Harper this weekend. He was hurt when I saw the Washington Nationals earlier this season but, if my travel works correctly, I'm planning to see the Nats and the Giants on Sunday. It will be the first time I've seen Joe Panik, as well. Here's my All-Time I've Seen 'Em Play (in person) Team:
Catcher: Mike Piazza
Second Base: Joe Morgan
Third Base: Mike Schmidt
Left Field: Barry Bonds
Center Field: Willie Mays
Pitcher: Roger Clemens
Pitcher: Greg Maddux
Pitcher: Randy Johnson
Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
The 25-man roster is fun: I would have Rickey Henderson and Ken Griffey in the outfield with Ozzie Smith as my utility infielder.
What I should think about is the list of the best players who were active from the 1970s on that I missed. But this list is more fun.
I saw Eddie Murray many times in Baltimore. The last time I saw him hit, however, he grounded into a double play. I've seen Albert Pujols, too ... fine, I'm biased on this one. I'm taking McCovey.
I definitely saw Robinson when he was with the Dodgers. I believe that I saw Hank Aaron, but that was before my memory kicked in. I'm pretty sure I saw Aaron in spring training with the Brewers at the end of his career. I'll go with Robinson.
My memory fails me here. I'm pretty sure I saw Pedro. I don't have any specific memory of seeing either Gaylord Perry or Juan Marichal in the regular season -- there's a good chance -- but I definitely saw them both in spring training. I may have also seen Steve Carlton ... I don't think I saw Tom Seaver, though.
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