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mike squires
04-10-2006, 01:14 AM
and if so why. Maybe I was jut more impressionable as a youngster but are there fewer character in the game today than say 20-25 years ago. Where are all the Luis Tiants, Al hrabroskys' and Mark Fidricks' of the game? And who are todays characters?

TheKittle
04-10-2006, 02:51 AM
and if so why. Maybe I was jut more impressionable as a youngster but are there fewer character in the game today than say 20-25 years ago. Where are all the Luis Tiants, Al hrabroskys' and Mark Fidricks' of the game? And who are todays characters?

Who else from that era was a character other than El Tiante, the Bird, and the Mad Hungarian?

Jay Johnstone for sure. What a goofball he was.

Bill Caudill and his Pink Panther stuff.

That's not that many.

RealMenWearBlack
04-10-2006, 11:35 AM
I'm not sure about the era that you grew up in, but I think there are plenty of charachters in baseball today.

Barry Bonds has become the icon of the "steroids era."

Ozzie's a character cause he speaks his mind no matter what.

AJ's a character because he's the guy everyone (except for us Sox fans) hates.

Pedro Martinez gets kind of goofy when he has nothing to do on the bench.

Curt Schilling has become iconic for his World Series bloody sock.

Alex Rodriguez has become classified as an overpaid choker.

Alfonso Soriano represents all of the players these days that bitch when they don't get their way.

I've probably forgotten a lot of characters from today. There don't seem to be that many overtly goofy players, but there sure are a lot of characters today.

Scottiehaswheels
04-10-2006, 11:55 AM
Manny being Manny?
Kenny Rogers....

Tons of "characters" today... Not many with character though...

areilly
04-10-2006, 12:06 PM
David Wells is a character...Homer Simpson with a curve ball.

viagracat
04-10-2006, 02:27 PM
I think one reason we think there are fewer tools--er characters--in the game these days are that there are fewer great nicknames. In the OLD days you had names like Big Poison, Little Poison, Three-Finger, Yankee Clipper etc; later you had No-Neck, Boog, Catfish, The Killer, Mad Hungarian, The Bird and so on. What do we have now? D-Lee and other lame names like that. I'm reasonably convinced players are no less "characters" now than at any other time. I'm sure a lot of them have their moments in the clubs and such that would make them "characters" by any definition.

And if the NFL gets its way, watching a touchdown celebration will be about as exciting as Vijay Singh's reaction to putting for par. There goes your characters there too, on the field at least.

Banix12
04-10-2006, 03:21 PM
I think maybe we see a trend toward less genuine characters. Public Image is often so controlled these days and the media is so apt to pigeonhole people who act out in certain ways.

And with 24 hour a day sports coverage I'm sure there are plenty of characters who prefer to remain anonymous. The best way to keep the media out of your hair is to be boring.

EndemicSox
04-10-2006, 03:29 PM
I think maybe we see a trend toward less genuine characters. Public Image is often so controlled these days and the media is so apt to pigeonhole people who act out in certain ways.

And with 24 hour a day sports coverage I'm sure there are plenty of characters who prefer to remain anonymous. The best way to keep the media out of your hair is to be boring.
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