Growing up a Yankee fan in the mid-to-late 80's in Long Island N.Y. was not so easy. The Mets were the talk of the town and, let's face it—the Yankees were putrid.
During a time when the Yankee roster included the likes of Hensley Meulens, Mike Gallego, Greg Cadaret, Danny Tartabull, and Roberto Kelly, Donald Arthur Mattingly was my shining star.
Of course the Yanks had Ricky Henderson, Dave Winfield, and, at one point, Deion Sanders. It didn't matter—my heart belonged to Mattingly.
I can still remember the hot Long Island summer days in my backyard when my friends and I would imitate Donnie Baseball. That sweet swing, the hair, that mouth full of chew. Those were the days.
From the years of 1984-1989 Don Mattingly was the best hitter in baseball period. If you don't believe me here's a little reminder.
1984- 343. BA 23HR 110 RBI 207 Hits
1985- 324. BA 35HR 145 RBI 211 Hits
1986- 352. BA 31HR 113 RBI 238 Hits
1987- 327. BA 30HR 115 RBI 186 Hits
1988- 311. BA 18 HR 88 RBI 186 Hits
1989- 303. BA 23 HR 113 RBI 191 Hits