i'm a numbers guy. math has always been my thing, and numbers speak to me. i like numbers and the absolute certainty of things associated with numbers. i'm also a baseball guy, which makes sense given all of the numbers associated with the sport through statistics and uniforms.
i used to remember my high school locker combination by using dodger players (dusty baker - fernando valenzuela - pedro guerrero). that's 12 - 34 - 28. i would remember license plates using dodger players. the number portion of my first car's license was pee wee reese - davey lopes - steve sax. most of the dodger players i referenced for these tasks were players from the team of my youth (the 1977 and 1978 dodgers), although some like pee wee and duke snider and jackie robinson came from before my time, and some others, like fernando and petey and saxy came after that and earned their place in my numerical lexicon.
one number, however, that never belonged to johnny oates (who was on those dodger pennant winning teams) was 5. that belonged to my dad's favorite player (and the 1965 national league rookie of the year), jim lefebvre.
i recently picked up his 1971 ticketron dodgers card, which displays the red numeral nicely.
for almost 40 years, number 5 has been, to me, lefebvre. never mike marshall or dave hansen or even nomar garciaparra, who was for a while my favorite dodger. today, however, i think i am making a change.
meet the new number 5, who is coincidentally the 2016 national league rookie of the year. that would be corey seager.