Originally written on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 6/20/13
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Yesterday's doubleheader split with Don Mattingly's Dodgers got me to thinking about the iconic Yankee captain. He thrilled fans and created so many fond memories years ago. My own memories are nothing special but I cherish them all the same.When Mattingly made his Major League debut in 1982 I was still new to the game and didn't know much about it. However, even with my limited knowledge, I could tell that this was a special player. It wasn't long before I declared him to be my favorite player, and he truly was.  Before that, I chose my favorite player on the basis of whether or not he was cute (I was under 21 so, cut me some slack, okay?).  Mattingly made me see things differently. He was that good. It wasn't long before I started using him as a standard. I would say that athletes of other sports were the Don Mattingly of those sports. I recall saying it about Michael Jordan while watching basketball highlights one day. My cousin, who was watching with me, gave me an odd look befo...
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