Posted at 2:59 PM on June 10, 2005
by Bob Collins
You probably know that the NBA logo is actually Jerry West. I'm not sure who the Major League Baseball logo is, although I vaguely remember the mention of Al Kaline.
I ask the question because of a comment by Tim Kurkijian of ESPN about Derek Jeter.
Jeter has a nice face, a rugged face, a handsome face, equal parts black and white, the son of a black father and white mother who had simple rules for him in high school, including being home by 10 p.m. every night and eating his lunch every day. He was taught well, and he has never forgotten his lessons. That's why he is such a good player and team captain. That's why he is the face of baseball.
Now, to be fair, that quote comes at the end of an article that contains a lot more reasons why Jeter is Mr. Baseball than his facial appearance.
But since I'm watching the Cubs-Red Sox game while I write this, I feel like being, you know, superficial.
I remember back in 1986 sitting down in a cheap seat at Yankee Stadium and seeing Dave Winfield doing some work on the field before a game in front of me. The Yankee pinstripes, the bright lights of the Stadium in the dying light of day, and the imposing grace of Winfield led me to say for the first -- and certainly not the last time -- "man, nobody makes a baseball uniform look better than Dave Winfield."
On the other side of the coin you have Willie McGee, quite possibly one of the ugliest people ever to play a game.
So I'll leave it to you. Who's the poster boy for baseball?
Oh, by the way, Greg Maddux just popped one out at Wrigley Field. What frauds the Red Sox are.
my vote is for Corky Miller..............
Anyone who isn't a Yankee.
Seriously, Jeter? He's a middling shortstop in terms of his ability. His true strength lies in the hype machine that follows him and the Yankees around.
You want the true face of baseball? Take Torrii Hunter, and Ichiro, and Albert Pujols. Throw in Johan Santana or Mark Mulder... and maybe Eric Gagne. One at each position, and one to represet the game with the broadest ethnic diversity (among the major sports).
I don't know why anybody ever might say that Jeter is "handsome." He said himself on SNL, he looks like the offspring of The Rock and a Muppet.
The MLB logo is Killebrew.
The Red Sox are not frauds....they are the real deal. Though I admit they always keep us guessing as to their real ability from game to game.
Craig biggio is the face of baseball.