In honor of Ivan Rodriguez's retirement, I decided to list my top five favorite catchers who played during my lifetime.
Now before I get started, this list is not about who I felt was the greatest catcher... it's a list of my favorites. So don't hate... appreciate:
#1 Kurt Suzuki
It's quite simple. He's Japanese, a hard worker & a team leader, and he's on the Oakland A's.
#2 Johnny Bench
Anyone else watch Bench's saturday morning show... The Baseball Bunch?
#3 Thurman Munson
I don't remember ever watching him play... but I've wanted his rookie card for nearly three decades. It might just be the first card ever added to my wantlist.
#4 Carlton Fisk
Watching the original Pudge wave the ball fair in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series still gives me goosebumps. Amazing.
#5 Tony Pena
I couldn't find a card that captured his stance behind the plate. But if you've heard of Pena, you know what I'm talking about.
Honorable Mention: Ivan Rodriguez, Terry Steinbach, & Gary Carter
Okay, what about you?
Who are your five favorite catchers to play during your lifetime?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend... and sayonara!