However, the first California Angels player I truly remember following was Hercules in the Flesh, Brian Downing. He became my favorite. I think the reason for this actually came before I ever went to a game that he played in. I remember I started getting into baseball cards and I was trying to get all the Angel players. I had almost everyone except for Brian Downing. I decided to trade away a Bobby Grich card for a Brian Downing card with my best friend. I only had a single of Grich’s card, but for some reason I just really wanted to get a Downing card.