Robin Ventura played only a year and a half with the Yankees, so why have a Pinch Hitter post about him? Because you just never know who or what is going to create a connection. For Jeff, it was Ventura — a transport from Chicago by way of the Mets — who made him a Yankees fan. For someone else it might have been CC Sabathia or Curtis Granderson or Ichiro Suzuki. I'm sure somewhere out there is a huge Kevin Youkilis fan who's swallowed hard and bought a Yankees jersey this winter.

On the flip side, it's worth remembering that there are some huge Alex Rodriguez fans out there.

In the wake of last week's bombshell out of Miami, there has been a lot of talk about cutting ties with Rodriguez. There was a lot written and said about his negative impact on the game; a lot of speculation about whether he might retire in shame. Scattered in the fallout, though, are some fans either defending their favorite player or trying to figure out what to think of the latest accusations.

We've all had favorite players at one point or another. You just never know where they're going to take you.