Barry Larkin (Chad Dotson/Redleg Nation)***Warning: I’m gonna ramble a bit here.***
On Monday, my favorite baseball player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
I’ve been thinking about Barry Larkin a lot these last few days. If you’ve read Redleg Nation for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m one of these gooey, Field of Dreams-type baseball fans. In everyday life, I’m not emotional whatsoever, but baseball moves me sometimes.
I’ve been in love with the game of baseball for many years. During that time, I enjoyed watching Barry Larkin play the game more than any other player…and it’s really not even close.
Larkin, of course, played for the Cincinnati Reds his entire career. I watched and listened to a lot of Reds games during those years, and Larkin was simply a joy to behold. He did everything well; Bill James once said that Larkin was one of the ten most complete players of all time. That’s a great way to describe Barry. He hit well, he fielded well, he ran base...