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My favorite ghost

mick.jpgOn my train ride down to D.C. Monday night, I finished watching "Home Run Derby - Volume 1" on DVD, and I loved it. What a phenomenal time capsule, especially for those like myself who never got to see Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays play in person.

It got me thinking about which player, from before my time, I'd most want to see in a live ballgame, and it was an easy choice: Mantle. He's in four episodes of the "Home Run Derby," because he won his first three "games," and I love the way The Mick seems to carry himself. There's a relaxed confidence there, a grace. Add that he was a switch-hitting centerfielder, with both power and speed, and that's a clincher for me.

While guys like Mays, Aaron, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio intrigue me _ not to mention pitchers like Bob Feller, Satchel Paige and, well, Babe Ruth _ Mantle is my favorite ghost.

Some of the regulars here, like RMT, Steve from South Amboy and Poppy, got to see Mickey, Willie, Hank and that generation, so you guys would have to go earlier. And perhaps others aren't old enough to have personal memories of Reggie Jackson, or Tom Seaver, or Rod Carew.

Who is your favorite ghost?

  • I know some of you are familiar with the BBWAA New York chapter's annual dinner. I'm a biased party, but I think it's a pretty fun night. This year's dinner is Sunday, Jan. 27 at the New York Hilton. The scheduled guests include Yogi Berra, Craig Biggio, Ryan Braun, Joba Chamberlain, Johnny Damon, Goose Gossage, Bob Melvin, Bobby Murcer, Jake Peavy, Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, C. C. Sabathia, Eric Wedge, Billy Wagner and Dick Williams.

    Tickets cost $225 and are available by calling 201-871-5924. Hope to see you there.

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