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The Son Of Hannahan!

I can say without hesitation that every ballplayer who has come to visit the MLB Fan Cave has been great to us. Most pro athletes are often painted to be less than outgoing. They are said to be a bit stiff, or come off rehearsed when dealing with the fans and/or the media. That hasn't been the case here. Our visitors, from Doc Gooden to Jason Varitek to JJ Putz, have been very relaxed and up to jump right into whatever sketch or interview that we have planned for them. It has been cool to see the people they are off the field.

One of the most memorable guests we have had down to the corner of 4th and Broadway was Cleveland Indians utility infielder Jack Hannahan. Oh, sorry, that is the not-so-secret identity of Celtic Superman of the Cuyahoga, SUPERMANNAHAN! If you aren't aware of his baseball career, perhaps he swooped in and saved you from a gang of street thugs recently…or maybe you were on a flight and saw something fly by your window at sound barrier breaking speed…yea, that's Jack.

Obliviously, we’ve embellished on his legend…but only a bit.

But no matter if you believe the stories and tall tales about the Cleveland Big Leaguer or not, there is one certainty about Mr. Hannahan: he is a really good guy, and you know the first minute you meet him.

They say Mickey Mantle's charm came from his "Aw Shucks” boy from Oklahoma disposition. Hannahan, although I'm sure he'd shy from any comparison to The Mick, has a similar quality. A Minnesota native, he has that honest, hard working, Midwestern quality. He speaks to everyone in an easygoing and polite manner, and when we asked about baseball, he mentioned his teammates first.

I put a lot of stock in that quality. I think it makes you a better baseball player in every way. It isn't on the back of a baseball card, but maybe it should be. True team players are a rare and fading breed it seems. The guys that hold the club together. Jack Hannahan seems to use his "Super Strength" to do just that, and recently his teammates repaid him for it.

While on a road trip recently, Hannahan was informed that his wife was going into labor prematurely. But there were no commercial flights to get Jack home, so his Indian teammates pooled $35,000 together and chartered a private plane for their friend and father-to-be, getting him back to Cleveland to be with his wife and son.

I know ballplayers make good livings and most can afford to throw some money to help a good cause, but to me that says everything about Jack.

I was once told that true success doesn't come from money, fame or a batting average. You won't find it inventing the next big thing or being the first man on Mars. It comes from your stats with people. When all is said and done the truly successful man or women is the one who has the love and respect of their friends and family. I know, it sounds sappy, but it's true.

Jack Hannahan may not be a superhero, but he seems to be a guy his friends, family and teammates can truly count on, and that makes him a great success.

Congratulations, Jack.

I can say without hesitation that every ballplayer who has come to visit the MLB Fan Cave has been great to us. Most pro athletes are often painted to be less than outgoing. They are said to be a bit stiff, or come off rehearsed when dealing with the fans and/or the media. That hasn't been the case here. Our visitors, from Doc Gooden to Jason Varitek to JJ Putz, have been very relaxed and up to jump right into whatever sketch or interview that we have planned for them. It has been cool to see the people they are off the field.

One of the most memorable guests we have had down to the corner of 4th and Broadway was Cleveland Indians utility infielder Jack Hannahan. Oh, sorry, that is the not-so-secret identity of Celtic Superman of the Cuyahoga, SUPERMANNAHAN! If you aren't aware of his baseball career, perhaps he swooped in and saved you from a gang of street thugs recently…or maybe you were on a flight and saw something fly by your window at sound barrier breaking speed…yea, that's Jack.

Obliviously, we’ve embellished on his legend…but only a bit.

But no matter if you believe the stories and tall tales about the Cleveland Big Leaguer or not, there is one certainty about Mr. Hannahan: he is a really good guy, and you know the first minute you meet him.

They say Mickey Mantle's charm came from his "Aw Shucks” boy from Oklahoma disposition. Hannahan, although I'm sure he'd shy from any comparison to The Mick, has a similar quality. A Minnesota native, he has that honest, hard working, Midwestern quality. He speaks to everyone in an easygoing and polite manner, and when we asked about baseball, he mentioned his teammates first.

I put a lot of stock in that quality. I think it makes you a better baseball player in every way. It isn't on the back of a baseball card, but maybe it should be. True team players are a rare and fading breed it seems. The guys that hold the club together. Jack Hannahan seems to use his "Super Strength" to do just that, and recently his teammates repaid him for it.

While on a road trip recently, Hannahan was informed that his wife was going into labor prematurely. But there were no commercial flights to get Jack home, so his Indian teammates pooled $35,000 together and chartered a private plane for their friend and father-to-be, getting him back to Cleveland to be with his wife and son.

I know ballplayers make good livings and most can afford to throw some money to help a good cause, but to me that says everything about Jack.

I was once told that true success doesn't come from money, fame or a batting average. You won't find it inventing the next big thing or being the first man on Mars. It comes from your stats with people. When all is said and done the truly successful man or women is the one who has the love and respect of their friends and family. I know, it sounds sappy, but it's true.

Jack Hannahan may not be a superhero, but he seems to be a guy his friends, family and teammates can truly count on, and that makes him a great success.

Congratulations, Jack.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.