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“The only player who goes to all generations is Julio Franco,” he said. “There’ll be a 9-year-old kid, a 20-year-old, a 40-year-old, an 80-year-old, Julio Franco is the only guy that everyone asks.
"Whenever the MLB magic runs out in Kevin Youkilis’ career, all he’ll need to do is send a tape of his at-bats to the Seibu Lions, and he’s in. It’ll be like the band in ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ Once the luster fades here in the States, Youk will continue to be huge in Japan.’"
I wrote that years ago, because I wrote a book of the 50 greatest stances in my lifetime, and what I noticed is, a bunch of the players in it, Tony Batista, Bobby Tolan, Felix Millan, played over there. So it’s as if Japan is like a finely-tuned art critic that can sense when someone has an awesome stance.
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