There are plenty of people who participate in sports purely because of how much they actually love to play the game itself. While this description applies to quite a few fans, there are some who step into the batter’s box for entirely different reasons. For this latter group, something larger is at play. The legacies of famous superstars from the past and present are informing their decisions to play and they always will.
Both kids and adults imagine themselves as legendary batters, fielders and pitchers when they jog out onto the diamond. Perhaps it’s because of the importance that baseball attaches to history and records, but you can be sure that quite a few people who join softball or baseball leagues have a favorite player at their position that they secretly see themselves as.
That’s why promotional mini baseball helmets are such excellent spirit items. The right team mascots and logos help with the suspension of disbelief that keeps people from completely buying into the illusion that they are Ted Williams or Roger Clemens. Local sports teams or universities can help fans to choose which famous player they want to be when they’re taking their warm-up cuts.