My fanboy affinity for Rusty Greer started way back in about 1994 when he first was called up by the Rangers. I was/am in a deep league, and desperate for talent, so when he was recalled I pounced on this guy I'd never heard of.
I started admiring his skills at the plate, and then how he played the game in the highlights and on the occasional Mariners game vs Texas. He really played the game how it was meant to be played and unfortunately his body was more Griffey than Edmonds.
In 1996 I sent him a letter and asked him to autograph a card for me. After a long wait I was duly rewarded with perfectly placed auto on a 1996 Upper Deck base card.
I wanted to collect every card ever made of him. Going the Ebay route ended up costing me a lot of money - the number of bidders and horde of Texans that loved him a true testament to his mark on the game - albeit a shortened career.
Here's to you, Rusty! Thanks for the memories!
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” --Henry David Thoreau