"I understand," I told him. "But after a while they kind of become real."
Which may have made him even more skeptical.
But I'm sure you guys get it. After 6 seasons in Feller, there are players which hold some kind of unquantifiable hold over you. So this is my attempt to quantify...to expose my unbounded sports nerd-dom. Maybe we can make it into some sort of ongoing column.
My favorite player is Timo Collins.
Those are the numbers, and they're convincing enough. But the real reason Timo Collins is my favorite player in Feller are these:
1) He has a cool name. Timo Collins. Like some sort of Irish-Finnish combination...only in a black guy.
2) He has a soul-patch and he smiles. His face sort of says, "Don't worry, Coach, I'm not a locker-room cancer, and I won't let you down at the plate."
3) He's a hometown boy. I'm a Portlander, and my team is based in Portland. I imagine, if the fans mattered in this game, he'd be a fan favorite...kind of like Damon Stoudamire, but without the getting-caught-with-weed-wrapped-in-tin foil-at-the-airport.
(Which, for most Blazer fans, wasn't that big of a deal compared to all the other crap we put up with for years.)
Anyway, that's why I wouldn't trade Timo Collins...not even for a package of Dennis Pratt and Endy Ramsey.
Okay, maybe for those guys...but it would hurt.
Who's you favorite player?