My favorite athlete was and always will be Ernie Banks. Why? Because he played during a time in my life when I formed who my heroes would be, and who better then a Hall of Famer who was named MVP twice, hit more than 500 home runs and played for a team that still hasn't won a championship over the last 105 years? And yet he never was thrown out of a game and played everyday with the joy of a little leaguer. As he famously always said, "Let's play two today." With you Ernie, anytime.
-- Joe Mantegna is one of America's most beloved actors. He won a Tony Award for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross, he was nominated for three Emmy's and Golden Globe, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he's David Rossi in the show "Criminal Minds" and he's also one of the nicest guys in the world. All that, and he still knows he will never see the Cubs win a World Series.