Since Spring Training awaits us all at the end of this long President’s Day weekend, I wanted to post some sort of thematic video involving the Washington Nationals.
Unfortunately, the Nationals don’t exactly have a whole lot of “Major League Moments” to display.
I think the Nationals are definitely a team on the rise, however, and in a few years time the internet could be chockfull of awesome Nats videos.
Today, however, not so much.
As such, I’ve decided to roll with a clip of my favorite player of all-time and a man who is arguably the greatest to ever lace up a pair of cleats, Willie Mays:
Obviously, I wasn’t alive to see that play live.
Heck, my parents weren’t alive to see that catch.
Although it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve seen clips of that catch about ten million times in my life.
It’s become stock footage for every “best of” reel ever produced, much like Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, Jackie Robinson’s steal of home, and Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run in the 1960 World Series and a whole host of other classic moments.
Willie Mays is—in my opinion—the greatest center fielder of all-time and without a doubt one of the best hitters ever.
Growing up, my dad would always tell me stories about baseball, but more often than not they circled back to Mays. My dad got to see the end of Mays’ career and always regretted never getting to see Mays in his prime.
I fell into a similar situation with the likes of George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, Eddie Murray, and Dave Winfield among many others, so I know how he felt.
I inherited a lot of fandom for Mays from my father, but having watched hours upon hours of archival footage, I know it is respect and admiration that was well-warranted.
For my money, they don’t get better than Willie Mays.
And they probably never will.