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And last night... right before I hit the sack... I discovered that Josh Donaldson had been shipped off to Toronto. as part of the Oakland Athletics rebuilding plan.
Thankfully... Mr. Donaldson isn't my favorite player. Actually... I'm not even sure I have a favorite Athletic at the moment. But the news definitely made me think about heart wrenching trades that actually impacted me on a personal level.
After rereading that last sentence, I realize how weird that sounds.
Be that as it may... it's sad but true. Each of the following trades I'm about to list actually generated an emotional response... some stronger than others.
Honorable Mention #1: Eddie Jones traded to the Charlotte Hornets
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Once upon a time... I loved basketball. And in between Byron and Kobe... there was Eddie.
Honorable Mention #2: Brett Favre traded to the New York Jets
#5: Ichiro Suzuki traded to the New York Yankees
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Anytime my favorite non-Athletic/non-Padre gets traded to the New York Yankees... there's going to be an emotional response.
#4: Eric Dickerson traded to the Indianapolis Colts
Believe it or not, I actually liked the Los Angeles Rams for a few years. My cousin Keith was a huge Rams and Seahawks fan and I looked up to him, so it seemed like a logical choice. However when they traded away Dickerson, I was devastated and never looked back.
#3: Kurt Suzuki traded to the Washington Nationals
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Okay... here's where the real pain begins to set in. Up until Kurt... all of my favorite baseball players were HOF bound. But I liked him because he was from Hawaii, is Japanese American, and because he played for my favorite team.
Why isn't he higher on the list? Well... it's pretty simple. He played for the A's... and they aren't known for holding onto their players for too long. At the time of the trade Kurt had already been there for five and a half seasons, so it wasn't too surprising.
#2: Devin Setoguchi traded to the Minnesota Wild
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#1: Rickey Henderson traded to the New York Yankees
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This trade is far and away the most painful. At the time of the trade, Rickey was my clear cut favorite player. I'm pretty sure that part of my dislike for the New York Yankees stems from this trade. Anyways... the good news is I quickly found a new favorite player: Tony Gwynn. And since then he's never left the #1 spot.
Thankfully, Rickey made his way back to Oakland three more times and when he was inducted into Cooperstown, he chose to wear an A's hat on his plaque.
Well there's my Top 5 Most Painful Trades. What about you?
Have you ever been devastated by the news of a trade? If so, which one?
I look forward to reading your responses. Happy Saturday and sayonara!