Warming the pine is a role rarely respected in the sports domain. But professional benches have become the pinnacle of mystery, with the aged oak often hosting the most charismatic and utterly hilarious rear ends around.
Popularity no longer just stems from talent and statistical success. Fans who dedicate their hearts and souls to franchises are emotionally drawn to the gritty backups (or atrocious starters) who constantly coat their teams with humor and humility. It's almost a love-hate relationship, as fans wish these players were better but can almost relate to their mediocrity.
Some of these players have had crucial, yet limited roles, while others have simply stolen the hearts of cities with their colorful ingenuity.
Let's see who made the cut as the most beloved scrubs in sports history. Those who won hearts over one fail at a time.