Never considered myself to have idols growing up but I did have a picture of Vida Blue on my bulletin board. Even tried to model my pitching windup after his.
Larry Biittner. I still remember as a kid his classic blooper where he loses the ball in his hat. What I didn't remember from that laugher, however, was that he threw the batter out at third!
Seems like a good person but contract will go down as one of worst in the history of the game. Has had significant impact on Giants ability to bring in a big bat (and be competitive).
All-time hits leader says he's #1...
Willie Mays and MLB's 50 Greatest Living Ballplayers - Juan Marichal