2009 Topps Kurt Stillwell
Don’t ask me why I’m such a big fan of Kurt Stillwell, because I really don’t know. I just remember being upset with the Reds when they traded him to the Royals for Danny Jackson. Stillwell got his revenge in 1988 when he came back to Cincinnati for the All-Star Game. If I recall correctly, he got a pretty good reception from the crowd during player introductions. Stillwell was the 2nd overall pick in the 1983 draft (behind Tim Belcher, who coincidentally came to the Reds in the Eric Davis trade). The only great player taken in the 1st round in 1983 was Roger Clemens, who went on to destroy his own greatness with steroids.
Again, I’m not sure why I’m such a big Stillwell fan, but I am. He’ll never be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame or receive any other high honors for his playing ability, but he’ll always be one of my first favorite players.