When I was a kid growing up in southern Indiana, I knew there were certain things that I could rely on in life. I knew Ryne Sandberg was at second base for the Cubs, I knew Ozzie Smith was a short for the Cards. I knew that hometown hero, Don Mattingly would be in New York, living it up. I was provided a sense of stability that Tampa Bay Rays fans will never have.
I ended up moving around a lot as a kid, but these players were always there.