I started watching sports in 1984, so I was heavily influenced by the Tigers (Trammell, Whittaker, Parrish, etc.), the Royals (Brett, Saberhagen) and the Mets.
None of those teams though really captured my imagination like the Mets though, especially Dwight Gooden, Daryl Strawberry, and later, Dykstra and Mitchell. However, after the drug scandal, I pretty much stopped watching baseball after that. I still have fond memories of watching the Mets, like the time we got a new VCR and I programmed it to tape the Mets game, but it was only an hour tape, so it missed Gooden’s first HR of his career. Another fond memory was the 1986 All-Star game, where almost the entire right side of the field were Mets who were voted in: Gooden, Carter, Hernandez, and Strawberry, and Teufel and Dykstra also should have made it.
Looking back, being 10-13 years old is a magical time, where heroes were larger than life, and whatever was happening now was the best ever. I miss that feeling. Before the Internet, we didn’t know about scandals or rumors that turned out to be true. Our heroes were pure and righteous.
So, I’m wondering about which athletes you idolized?