My pal -- and one of my favorite writers -- Nick has another great post up over at Yanksfan vs. Soxfan. The topic is random baseball players he likes or hates and the (personalized, emotion-based) reasons why. It's good reading, as always.
Tanyon Sturtze. He came to the Yankees with a 34-41 record. He only improved as far as mediocre, BUT... while Pedro was manhandling a 90-year old bench coach, Grand Tanyon was grappling with "bodybuilder" Gabe Kapler. And Sturtze was the starting pitcher in that very game! I'll always appreciate the guts he showed.
Also, why is it that all the players who PLAY the game the way it should be played (Jimmy Rollins, etc) do so quietly, while all the players who SAY they play the game the way it should be played (Josh Beckett, Paul LoDuca, Schilling, etc.) seem to deserve an ass-raping?