As much as we, as fans, are deeply connected to our team and can find new players to love with each passing season (this is something Cubs fans are going to need to adjust to, now), we also get attached to individuals. It’s impossible, as you watch dozens of games over the course of a season, to not learn more about player personalities, and find ourselves connecting to certain guys, rooting for them like we have a personal investment in their success.
I think it’s also safe to say that most of us remember the exact player we first considered to be our favorite. The one guy whose jersey we were willing to buy, whose walk-up music we recognized immediately. It didn’t matter if he was a good player, a long-term team guy, or just a brief call-up who made a splash. Everyone remembers their first favorite.
I came to the Cubs fandom late, and the charming duo of Bryzzo were definitely a big part of my growing love for the team, but as I dove into Cubs history, I really fell in love with Fergie Jenkins, and he remains to this day my favorite Cub, and one of my favorite players, in spite of me never getting to see him play.
In this week’s FanPost Friday, we want to know who your first favorite player was, and why they were so special to you. Were you in the stadium for their first home run? Did you get into their line at a fan event and have a great interaction? What was it about them that made them stand out to you so much? It doesn’t need to be a Cubs player! Absolutely any player works here.
Head over to the FanPost section, select “New FanPost” on the left, then tell us all about the player who made you love baseball on a slightly more personal level.