I was stunned by the steroid revelation on ESPN last night. I'm sure others feel differently about him given how his career with the team ended but he was my childhood idol.
I only got to see him play once in a loss to Cleveland at the the old Municipal Stadium. All I remember is that Langston started, the Angels lost and Wally ripped two huge doubles off the right-center wall which were the only extra base hits of the game. I have two really crappy Polaroids of those hits. After the 8th my Uncle suggested that we leave to get ahead of the rush. I was disappointed and expected that my Dad, not an Indians or Angel fanatic by any means, would agree. Instead, he said we would stay for 2 more batters, for Wally's last at-bat.
I'm biased but I give him credit for not selling his soul and not becoming "Wally Juicer." He was a great player who wanted what he thought he was worth. When presented with the chance to artificially inflate his value he decided he didn't want to be that guy. Those are the kind of ballplayers that I want to root for.
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