|SAO18 #10- Former Braves/Cardinals All-Star and Former Yankee Manager Joe Torre|
Joe Torre is still a legend in Atlanta for playing a nice portion of his MLB career there, as well as coming back to manage for a few years in the 1980s. So you can imagine the Standing O Torre must have gotten when he came back to throw out the first pitch earlier this year. The guy's a baseball legend, and of course the Braves fans treat him as such, even if his playing career has been eclipsed by his title-grabbing days in the Bronx.
I'm proud of how this one came out. And if we're speaking of Torre's 4 Yankee titles...
|SAO18 #11- Former Yankee Centerfielder and Guitar Whiz Bernie Williams|
|SAO18 #12- Legendary Power-Hitting Catcher and Queens Icon Mike Piazza|
Not to worry, those of you who think the Dodgers got shafted in this post...
|SAO18 #13- Dodgers Pitching Legend and Owner of His Own Mania Fernando Valenzuela|
Here's another guy the fans just love, and they have every reason to- his rookie year was HUGE, culminating in a World Series ring, a Cy Young, a Rookie of the Year, and a fifth-place finish in the MVP voting. Though his career may not have had the full punch that his rookie season may have indicated, it's clear that the Dodger fans love him, even after leaving the team and becoming a late-career fixture in San Diego. The Dodger fans can be forgiving if you've done enough for them, and as one of the premier pitchers of the 1980s, Fernando did more than enough. You can see how happy he is to be back at Dodger Stadium, too.
I'll return with some more of these in a few days. Expect some other sort of sports stars.