Originally Posted by SouthStndJunkie
Growing up, I was a Tigers fan, but I've always also been a fan of a lot of individual players from other teams.
When I was growing up, I loved George Brett....easily my favorite non-Tiger.
I also really liked Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Tony Gwynn a lot when I was growing up.
I think most fans from our age group feel that way, and I'm sure a lot of it has to do with collecting baseball cards. I know Ripken and Gwynn from your list were always favorites of mine, as well as Puckett, Pete Harnisch, and several others.
I feel like today's kids are going to miss a lot of that, and like every other sport, we're going to see a shift where we have a lot of fans who don't even follow a particular team, but have several favorite players. And it's all because of fantasy sports. Like em or love em (I LOVE fantasy baseball), they have a huge effect on the fan base of the sport.