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Your favorite player that didn't play for your favorite team


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Here's an interesting topic I thought I'd start. Who's your favorite sports player to never have played for your favorite team in their career? Many legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, and Ken Griffey Jr might come to mind for some of you people. My choice would have to be The Big Unit", Randy Johnson. The 6'10 lefty out of Walnut Creek, California always struck me as an intimidating pitcher with his signature mullet and sweet mustache. Having a fastball that regularly approached 100 miles per hour also helps. I hope to meet my hero when he (hopefully) gets inducted into the Hall of Fame next year (as he should). So how about you guys? Who's the guy who wasn't on your team, but you couldn't resist rooting for anyway?

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I'd go with Aaron Afflalo, Blake Griffin, Damien Lillard for basketball, David Ortiz, Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Bautista for baseball and Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Arian Foster for football.

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I always loved Joe Sakic, even though he played for a team that was a rival of the Sharks.

The same thing sort of applies to Teemu Selane, but he played for the sharks for awhile.

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Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Brett Hull

Junior Seau, Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, John Elway

Most of the 1990's Cleveland Indians, Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr (and then he actually came to my little team and I was the happiest boy in the world)

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Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Brett Hull

Junior Seau, Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, John Elway

Most of the 1990's Cleveland Indians, Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr (and then he actually came to my little team and I was the happiest boy in the world)

Wow, the Ken Griffey story sounds pretty cool! Could you tell us more about it?
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Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Brett Hull

Junior Seau, Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, John Elway

Most of the 1990's Cleveland Indians, Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr (and then he actually came to my little team and I was the happiest boy in the world)

Wow, the Ken Griffey story sounds pretty cool! Could you tell us more about it?
There's nothing to it really. I grew up in the 90's and Jr was the best player on the planet and every kid including myself loved him. There really isn't a player in today's game that compares to the Jr phenomenon in the 90's. In 99 the Reds won 96 games (still the most wins in the wildcard era by a team that didn't make the playoffs) so when rumors started that he might be coming to the Reds I was 12 years old and I was pretty excited. The thought in my house was that if they were able to win 96 games without him imagine what they could do with him. When the trade went down my mom told me and I ran around the house. I was sure they were winning the World Series.
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We happened to go to spring training that year in Sarasota and I waited forever to get his autograph. Then he showed up looking jacked on opening day in his tight long sleeves. I thought he was the coolest.
Anyways, they ended up missing Mike Cameron's bat more than they thought. Greg Vaughn went to Tampa, and the pitching fell apart. The team went 82-80 in 2000 (their only winning season with Griffey), injuries added up for him, and super cheap owner Carl Lindner wasn't willing to spend what he had to to make the team competitive and the whole thing was a big decade long disappointment. But when it first happened it was one of the cooler things I've been through as a sports fan
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Baseball: Clayton Kershaw, Greg Maddux, Justin Verlander, Ken Griffey Jr., and Yadier Molina

Basketball: Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Tony Parker, and Chris Paul

Football: John Elway, Michael Strahan, Larry Fitzgerald, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady

Hockey: Jonathan Toews, Martin Brodeur, Jonathan Quick, Joe Sakic, and Steve Yzerman

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Being a fan of the Blues, I'm obligated to hate the Blackhawks. That said, I always had an immense amount of respect for Denis Savard. See also: the Red Wings and Steve Yzerman.

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Baseball: Tony Gwynn or Ozzie Smith. I'd say Cal Ripken, Jr., too, but I grew up going to O's games. While I'm an Angels fan first, I always root for the Orioles when not playing the Halos. I could honestly list off probably 100 non-Angels that I really liked.

Football: Dan Marino. My brother is a big Miami fan, so I've always liked Marino.

Hockey: Probably Jeremy Roenick, Teemu Selanne or Jarome Iginla. I can't say I have any real "favorite" player that wasn't a Red Wing, but I've always liked these three.

Basketball: I'd have to say Shawn Kemp. My NBA fandom tailed off in the early 2000s, and Grant Hill eventually made his way to Phoenix. Alonzo Mourning would be another, but I rooted heavily for the Heat when I was in middle school (Dan Majerle influenced my NBA allegiance).

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MLB: Paul Molitor (dating to before he was a Twin)

NBA: David Robinson

NFL: Barry Sanders (even though he was with a division rival)

NHL: Gretzky

Barry Sanders is undoubtedly my all-time favorite athlete I have no pro/college connection to. He was just so fun to watch.

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NBA: Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony

NFL: Larry Fitzgerald, Cam Newton

MLB: Joe Mauer

NHL: Martin St. Louis

I'd say Larry Fitzgerald is the biggest one out of all of these names. Also, it is a shame that Melo and Marty St. Louis play for the other NY team. These are just painful to look at.

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I never really had a favorite MLB, NHL, or NBA team growing up (Although the Pacers were the closest thing to one simply because of Reggie Miller and later Mark Jackson), so I gotta go real recent here: Tré Mason, as in the now-former Auburn tailback...and Duke Johnson, same position for Miami. I caught a couple Auburn games this past season, and the entirety of that SEC 'ship wherein Mason just ran roughshod all through that Mizzou defense. Same with Duke Johnson...up until he broke his leg (or was it ankle?) vs my Seminoles I was saying the same about him--dude was the truth. And even though FSU already had Devontá Freeman and Carlos Williams (Wilder Jr was ok but not on the level of those two), I couldn't help but wonder how much more of a collective beast Florida State's backfield would have been with either or both back there in that stable (especially considering two of those guys played against each other in high school).

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