#10 – Bobby Grich –
Bobby Grich is probably the best second baseman in team history. He played on the first three AL West Championship teams playing for the Angels from 1977 to 1986. Grich was a leader both on and off the field, but most importantly he is a good guy. I have had two encounters with Grich and they were both very positive.
The first time I met Grich was in 2015 in the Angels press dining room. I was eating dinner before the Angel game that evening and I saw Grich walk by my table. I didn’t want to bother him so I just said a quick hello to him as he passed by. I went back to eating my dinner. I didn’t realize it, but Grich came and sat down at my table. We started talking and had a nice 10-minute conversation about baseball and the Angels. The encounter ended with Grich asking me if I wanted a picture with him. (I had been talking to my friend about how I would love to get a picture with Grich, but I didn’t want to bother him. This was just seconds before he sat down).
The second encounter was last month when I attended the Baseball Players Association Banquet dinner in the Angel Stadium Diamond Club. I talked with him there for about five minutes and we talked about the work the organization is doing to help former MLB players who are in need. I told him it was a great cause and that I would like to do an interview with him about it. He gave me his card and personal cell phone number to set up the interview. He again posed for a picture with him and I and Rod Carew. I was in heaven.