I’ll have to admit, I was a little surprised when I came across MLB.com’s latest fan poll, “the look again player of the year” award. So what exactly is a look again player? Well, according to the MLB, a white one. Here’s the award’s description: “Behind every great team on the diamond, lurking in the shadow of baseball superstars, live the role players who sacrifice for their team in often unrecognized effort. Which of these role players’ best deserves recognition for their contributions as the Holiday Inn Look Again Player of the Year?” Then it goes on to list about 30 ball players, basically all of them saltines.
This is an interesting pheonmena (surprisingly) pointed out by the MLB. The run-of-the-mill, tough and gritty white guy who doesn’t do anything great but does everything well is always a fan favorite. The dirty uniform, the grisled face, the Skoal, the unselfishness…we eat it up. Who didn’t love Lenny Dykstra, Chris Sabo, or Todd Zeile? You can even apply this to other sports, such as the NBA (Mark Price, Dan Majarle, Vinny Del Negro, etc.) or NFL (Zach Thomas, Wayne Chrebet, Jay Novacek, etc.). The point is, fans love the blue-collar guy. We can relate to them. I always assumed John Stockton drove a Toyota Tacoma and ordered from LL Bean…and you know what, I’m probably right.
So of course, to relate this to the masses, who are some of your all-time favorite UK “look again” athletes?
Word to yo mutha