MLB’s Most Likeable Players-Fans Point of View

Question: What do Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki, Heath Bell, Brandon Phillips, David Ortiz, and Johnny Damon, all have in common?

Answer: They are all great guys who enjoy interacting with their fans, and giving back.

So, in honor of their general awesomeness, I decided to ask six fans (one for each player) the same three questions, to see their opinions on the coolest guys in baseball. Here’s what they had to say:

CURTIS GRANDERSON

Big thanks to Curtis Granderson fan Alexandra, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about Curtis that makes him such a likeable guy?

His personality and the way he plays the game. He plays with his heart and has fun with it. He’s a great guy on and off the field.

2. Since becoming a fan is there anything that Curtis has done on, or off, the field, that has stood out to you?

His Grand Kids Foundation and how he donates thousands of dollars worth of baseball gear to schools around New York every year.

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank Curtis in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being highest.)

Definitely a 10. He’s a very humble guy. Every one likes him even more after meeting him. He loves his fans.

ICHIRO SUZUKI

Big thanks to Ichiro Suzuki fan Luke, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about Ichiro that makes him such a likeable guy?

I think many people like him because he is a good guy who is always smiling. He also has a lot of talent, plays hard and plays the right way.

2. Since becoming a fan is there anything that Ichiro has done on, or off, the field, that has stood out to you?

I believe he helped get donation stuff going when the Earthquake tore apart Japan. I believe he’s just a really good guy.

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank Ichiro in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being the highest.)

I would say he is about an 8. Really friendly guy.

HEATH BELL

Big thanks to Heath Bell fan Zack, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about Heath that makes him such a likeable guy?

He’s basically a four-year-old in a grown man’s body. He’s happy and friendly, and he doesn’t behave like everyone seems to think that a professional athlete should.

2. Since becoming a fan, is there anything that Heath has done on, or off, the field, that has stood out to you?

He donated more than $200 to my charity fundraiser two years ago for Pitch In For Baseball. That was way above and beyond anything I ever expected from him.

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank Heath in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being the highest.)

I’d say somewhere around 14.

BRANDON PHILLIPS

Big thanks to Brandon Phillips fan Neiko, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about Brandon that makes him such a likeable guy? 

Brandon is a very caring and supportive person. He shows he cares about his family, friends, and fans, which makes him likeable.

2. Since becoming a fan is there anything that Brandon has done on, or off, the field, that has stood out to you?

The fact that Brandon has become a worldwide known baseball player, and has interacted more with his fans. That shows the person he is.

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank Brandon in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being highest.)

I would say 10 because once you really get to know him he’s the most fan friendly and likable player in the MLB.

DAVID ORTIZ

Big thanks to David Ortiz fan Jordan, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about David that makes him such a likeable guy?

He’s shown to be a generally nice guy from what I’ve seen from games. A gentle giant of sorts. Reference being an MLB fancave video where he is wearing his jersey walking around New York, looking for hugs.

2. Since becoming a fan is there anything that David has done on, or off, the field that has stood out to you?

I was watching a Sox v. Yanks game on ESPN back in May. Next to the dugout was a father wearing a yanks hat, and a son wearing a sox hat. He put his bat up, noticed the boy wearing a sox hat in yankee stadium, and pulled his bat back out and handed it to the kid. Awesome in my book.

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank David in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being the highest.)

Giving that kid his bat gives him a 10 in my book.

JOHNNY DAMON

Big thanks to Johnny Damon fan Teresa, for answering my questions.

1. What is it about Johnny that makes him such a likeable guy?

J D loves baseball. Would have stayed in Boston for less $$ but was forced to the Yanks. Success did not change him. He’s remained someone his mom could be proud of. Never whined, when not given the media attention he deserved. Just played ball.

2. Since becoming a fan is there anything that Johnny has done on, or off, the field, that has stood out to you?

I became a J D fan when he donated his hair to Locks of Love to help a child (while in Boston).

3. On a scale of 1-10, rank Johnny in terms of fan friendliness/likeability. (With 10 being highest.)

While in Boston a 10. Yanks a 5. Back up to an 8 these days.

So there you have it. Six different opinions, on six different players. I hope this entry has helped to turn you into a fan of all six players. When it comes down to it, they’re all GREAT guys.

Please leave a comment, and rate this entry………

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Big thanks to ALL who helped me out in answering my questions. I appreciate it. So, to thank you, I’ll give you shout outs to your twitter accounts:

Alexandra– Twitter….. @TeamGrandy14

Luke– Twitter….. @LGNation34

Zack– Twitter….. @zack_hample

Neiko– Twitter….. @ThisIsNJJ

Jordan– Twitter….. @RoundDozerMan

Teresa– Twitter….. @golfergirl88

18 Comments

Excellent article! I think after reading this, I can’t dislike David Ortiz, cause in reality he’s just like a teddy bear, he just has a bad taste in choosing teams.

Hard to admit as a die-hard Yankees fan, but I don’t hate Ortiz. The Fan Cave commercial is pure greatness, and he’s always seemed like a pretty great guy. And I’m a big Heath Bell fan too– he’s got such a huge personality that makes him always fun to watch.

There are certain players that you just can’t hate. With the exception of Damon, I have nothing but respect for Granderson, Ichiro, Bell, Phillips, and Big Papi. Being a Red Sox fan I’ll never forgive Damon though. Jeter, Rivera, Granderson, and Posada are guys that even though they play for the Evil Empire, I’ll never be able to hate because they give 110% everyday and play for the love of them game. I hate A-Rod, C.C., and Teixeira but have nothing but respect for Jeter, Rivera, Granderson, and Posada.
-Bob: Soxoholics
http://soxoholics.wordpress.com/

DELIA- Funny about Ortiz.
KATIE- The Fan Cave comercial IS indeed great. As for Heath Bell, he’s The man.
BOB- Thanks for giving your opinion. I agree with 99% of it.

Baseball could use more guys like those mentioned above. Jose Bautista is another guy known for going out of his way to meet with the fans or give interviews to visiting media outlets as much as possible.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

There are a few other guys (including Jose Bautista) that are fan friendly, but the ones in the entry are the players that I felt are the MOST. And yes. Baseball does need more guys like these.

Damon was FORCED out of Boston? Seriously? Look at comments he makes.
“You’re welcome for making it fun again.”
He is the most arrogant person in Tampa. And he is delusional. Look at his personal website. It’s eye-roll-inducing. He is my LEAST favorite player. And it’s not about being a Sox fan. It’s about being a human who reads sports blogs.

TOOSOXY- You’re entitled to your opinion, and obviously you feel strongly about yours. Personally though, I DO like Damon.

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Go check out the above comment/link. :) It’ll make you laugh/smile.

As a Sox fan Granderson is someone I don’t hate. Well yet anyway. Give him time once he signs his big contract and becomes like the rest of the arrogant, self entitled spoiled brat Yankees.

Damon is not likable and your imaginary reason’s for liking him are lies. He was not forced into NY. He was offered a 40 million dollar 4 year deal. He then used that offer from the Sox to get more out of the Yankees. They told him take our deal and don’t go back to the Sox or our deal is off the table. He then never answered the Sox and signed with the Yankees. Leaving the Sox waiting. They found out online that he signed with NY.

Did you read his book where he called his now ex wife names or how about the fact he was screwing around with his current whore wife while he was married to his last wife. Neither of these things are likable.

All players give money to charity.

This isn’t a matter of opinion. Damon is anything but a class act and the fact he wrote a book calling the mother of his twins names proves he is a jerk.

You *do* realise that these are not MY opinions, don’t you? They’re the opinions of random fans of the players. I wrote what they said. As far as liking Damon or not, that’s your choice.

Doesn’t really matter. My comments were to the blog that posted the dribble.

Damon is a heal and I bet his kids will love reading his book when they are old enough so they can hear how he cheated on their mother, called her names and then made fun of her.
He is a jerk and celebrating the way he is is sad.

I’m not talking about his personal life. I’m talking about his baseball life. Let’s both just drop it and agree to disagree. Deal?

Dude! Awesome. You really put a lot of work into this. I can tell.

Thanks Zack. I appreciate the kind words.

You’re welcome. Sorry you’re getting bashed here. You don’t deserve it. I don’t know anything about Damon’s personal life, but I’ve gotten baseballs from him over the years, and he has always seemed like a really friendly, jovial guy. To me, he’s very easy to root for. I think he might end up getting 3,000 hits and reaching the Hall of Fame.

Thanks man. It’s like you said once, “I don’t expect EVERYONE to like EVERYTHING I do.” So true.

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