The fact is... there was a time when I could name the entire starting 9 for the Athletics. But yesterday, one of my coworkers quizzed me and it wasn't pretty. I was only able to produce five of the eight positional players... and only three of the five starting pitchers.
I know... I know. Weak sauce! What's worse is that I don't even have a favorite player on the current A's roster.
But here's the thing... there are plenty of former players I love to make up for it. So without further adieu, here are my top 5 all-time favorite Oakland Athletics:
Honorable Mention: Carney Lansford, Terry Steinbach, Billy Martin, and The Big 3 (Mulder, Hudson, and Zito)
You have no idea how hard it was to keep Billy off of my list. He's one of the most entertaining managers I've ever had the pleasure to watch. The other five are special in their own way... but just don't have what it takes to crack the top 5.
So... as my fellow A's fan, Mr. M.C. Hammer would say... let's get it started:
#5 Dennis EckersleyHe served up the dagger that nearly made me punch a hole in the wall in 1988... but more than made up for it by giving A's fans nine years of HOF effort.
#4 Jose CansecoI'm sure this doesn't sit well with some of you, but I can't deny my past. I loved JC back in the day.
#3 Rollie Fingers
#2 Kurt Suzuki
#1 Rickey Henderson
Okay... it's time to share your favorite five:
What's your favorite MLB team? And who are your five favorite players from that franchise?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!