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Who most exudes love for the game of baseball?

We are heading back to what we serve best at this dive: Baseball.

I did a story this week on High-A Frederick catcher Caleb Joseph, who is leading the Carolina League in hitting.

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What's most intriguing about Joseph is his attitude. The kid absolutely loves baseball. He even occasionally sleeps in the Keys' clubhouse because he doesn't want to leave the stadium. He also admits to crying at baseball movies. Seriously.

Joseph really has a refreshing attitude. But it's not as if his "love of the game" is unique; it's just we don't see it as much as we'd like.

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That got me thinking. Which baseball player most exuded love of the game? Who do you remember watching and thinking, "Man, he just loves being in the big leagues and playing baseball."

My first response is Rick Dempsey. The guy just had fun at the ballpark, whether it was playing the games or diving on the tarp or leading an Orioles' cheer.

There definitely are others, with the Orioles (Elrod Hendricks, of course) and throughout baseball. Kirby Puckett always struck me as a guy who loved everything about the sport.

As for someone I covered, I think pitcher Bruce Chen (who finally is back in the majors with the Kansas City Royals) is in the enthusiastic discussion. So might be reliever Danys Baez. And, yes, of course, Cal Ripken Jr.

Daily Think Special: Which baseball player most exuded love for the game?

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