Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Back in the 1980s, when the New York Yankees were in a championship drought, there was one player most fans were inevitably drawn to. The gritty first baseman with the thick eye black. The guy who crouched low and then uncoiled that sweet, powerful swing from the left side of the plate. Donnie Baseball. During a rare down period for baseball's most successful franchise, Don Mattingly was a treasured New York son. He made six All-Star teams and won the 1985 AL MVP award, playing his entire 14-year career in pinstripes. The season after he retired, the Yankees won their first World Series crown in 18 years - and plenty of fans from Mattingly's era still feel that's a shame. His string of great seasons cut short by a bad back, Mattingly had to wait until his final year in 1995 to finally experience the postseason. But all the while, a generation of Yankees fans fell in love with him - and they've never let him forget it. ''It's always been great for me. You don't quite understand...
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