Monday, May 15, 2023

Friend Encounters: Shawn Green and Larry Freda

Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

While my east coast pal Larry is a huge New York sports fan and meets lots of NY sports figures, I always like to feature him with others. Today, I am straddling the line a bit with Shawn Green, who is more known for his time elsewhere.
Green had an excellent 15 year career, but he only played a little over one season in New York with the Mets. The rest of his career was spent with the Toronto Blue Jays (seven seasons), Los Angeles Dodgers (five seasons) and Arizona Diamondbacks (one and a half seasons). During his career, he amassed 2,003 hits with a .283 batting average. He was an All-Star twice and won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award. I believe that puts him in the Hall of the Very Good. Green was one of my favorites and a regular on my fantasy teams when I played.
Green meets the qualification as a former New York player, but I honestly forgot he played there when I started this feature. Leave it to Larry to teach me (or at least remind me) of some baseball history.
Larry is a great guy. He has battled some health issues, but he is a fighter with a lot of spirit. There are a lot more athletes Larry needs to meet in the future.
Shawn Green and Larry in Ridgewood, NJ-June 2011.

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