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Preston Wilson (Rockies), 2003

Photograph By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Wilson had good seasons in his first four full years in the big leagues, but with the offensive explosion in the sport, he couldn't make an All-Star roster. That is until 2003, when as a member of the Rockies his numbers were just too good to pass up.

Growing up, Preston's favorite players were always the guys with the odd names: his uncle, Mookie Wilson, Oscar Gamble, Hubie Brooks, U.L. Washington and Dusty Baker. So it was a kick for him to get to play for Baker in this game.

"He was a guy I always wished Id played for," Wilson said. "To have him come down the line with his wrist bands and the toothpick in his mouth to shake hands with me, that was a big thrill. I was so excited, I dont even remember what he said."

Wilson went 1-for-2, singling off Mark Mulder. But more than the hit, he remembers the feeling of accomplishment.

"I never judged myself as a player, but it was nice to get recognized, and it was nice to know that I did it without [PEDs]," Wilson said. "I think players are starting to appreciate it now, because they realize how hard it is to get there, and how tired you get. You really have to battle through."

Wilson is currently a Marlins pregame/postgame broadcaster and an analyst for Fox College Sports.

--Mark Simon