SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum celebrating the Giants most recent World Series championship.
Fans usually pick their favorite MLB players based on the teams they play for or the stats they have accumulated over their careers.
But behind all of the teams and all of the stats lies the underlying meaning of why fans really choose their favorite players. People make their decisions based on how well they connect with that player.
For the hundreds of thousands of college students out there itching for Thirsty Thursdays to roll around, however, all that matters is what players would be the most fun to rage with.
Well, look no further.
Here are the top five MLB players you would most like to party with.
It’s rage time in Oakland.
Balfour rage time that is.
The Australian closer was a big part of the A’s resurgence in 2012, not only for his incredible stats—1.71 ERA and 40 punchouts in the second-half—but for his electric personality.
As Balfour enters the game to the heavy metal song "One" by Metallica, the stadium transforms into a giant rave. Civility is thrown out the door as fans turn into crazed metal heads for several minutes.
His antics on the mound also show just how insane he really is.
The right-hander uses profanity to motivate himself during games, literally yelling curse words at himself on the mound to get fired up.
With respect to the Giants' Brian Wilson, it appears as though Balfour has officially taken over as the craziest closer in the Bay Area.
Australian people are known for partying, and Balfour is the cream of the crop.
If he can make thousands of baseball fans go insane, imagine the energy he could bring to a nightclub full of college students.
Actions speak louder than words.
However, when it comes to Logan Morrison, words alone can prove how cool he is.
The first thing you see when you check out his illustrious Twitter account is his main info:
“I'm not a licensed physician but I'm always down for a game of doctor. I love lamp...”
— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins)
As you scroll through the rest of his tweets, the hilarity continues, many of which are too inappropriate to publish.
He interacts with his fans through Twitter more than any professional athlete I have ever seen, and he knows how to party.
For example, here is a tweet from just a few weeks ago:
Shout out to my friend and one hell of a model American! Scott Cousins awesome bachelor party weekend. I don't remember, but won't forget!
— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) October 29, 2012
Morrison loves talking to people he has never met before, likes to drink and is always down for a crazy time.
Being the best baseball player in a major U.S. city definitely has its perks.
Just ask Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
As the most admired sports athlete with an active social life in L.A., Matt Kemp gets to experience the same kind of amenities Jeter has seen for years.
Since his call-up to the big leagues in 2006, Matt Kemp has been constantly featured in gossip and entertainment magazines partying with various A-list celebrities.
Kemp has also been linked to celebrities like singer Rihanna and actress Felisha Terrell over his career.
At just 28 years old, center field sensation has the money and status to party with the best of them.
Any of us would love to go along for the ride.
There is likely no one in baseball who parties nearly as hard as San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Since he was cited for marijuana possession during a routine traffic stop back in 2009, Lincecum has been repeatedly associated with having an overactive night life.
In 2011, “The Freak” was sued by his San Francisco landlord who claimed that Lincecum caused approximately $200,000 worth of damages to his Mission District apartment, reportedly following a big party.
Fresh off his second World Series championship in three years, the two-time Cy Young award winner is sure to cut loose once again in the offseason.
In the concrete jungle that is New York, one man reigns king.
That man is Derek Jeter.
From his first full season in 1996, to being named the 11th captain of the New York Yankees in 2003, Derek Jeter has become the face of the franchise and one of the most recognizable names in the sport.
The former sixth overall pick is a five-time World Series champion and a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer when he chooses to retire.
Of course, his fame on the baseball field has also carried over to the streets of New York.
While Jeter isn’t dating some of the most beautiful celebrities on the planet such as Minka Kelly or Adriana Lima, he can be seen drinking at bars with an abundance of women.
In the morning, following a night with one of these ladies, it has been reported that Jeter leaves behind a signed baseball as a parting gift.
At 38 years old, Jeter still maintains one of the most active social lives in the majors/
What more could a guy want out of a wingman?
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