Baseball is a metronome in American culture, ticking away at a constant pace as time passes. Some years may feel fast or slow as the history of the world washes over us, but baseball remains itself, played at its stately pace, one of the few sports not played against a clock. Fans of baseball mark time with the subtle changes to the game, such as uniform changes, the beginning of the designated hitter era in the American League, the mound being changed and the "year of the juiced ball."
Above all, fans love their players. Players are more than just their stats. Players are stories. To the fans, players are all heroes or villains. Players come from the same world as the fans, some from farms in middle America, some from major American cities and some from far-flung corners of the world like Panama or Japan. Each has a compelling narrative about how they came to baseball, attained the greatness needed to play in the majors, and made their mark on their team. Some stand above the rest, inscribed into legend. These players define the identity of the team and form the mold to which new players are expected to conform. Can you recognize the team from its legendary players? Just to keep things interesting, let's limit it to just three of their best pitchers!