Baseball fans have enjoyed having a Pudge behind home plate in major league games for most of the past 40 years.
Classmates gave Carlton Fisk the nickname "Pudge" in grade school, long before Ivan Rodriguez(notes) was born, though the monicker sticks to both men to this day. Appropriate, considering Rodriguez just surpassed Fisk as the career leader in games caught.
Fisk already is in the Hall of Fame and many have expressed certainty that Rodriguez, provided there's no breaking news (wink-wink) between now and then, will join him in Cooperstown someday.
Which Pudge is better? White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, a former teammate of Fisk, said he would pick Rodriguez, whom he coached with the Marlins.
"I think the young Pudge can do more stuff than Fisk," Guillen said. "I played with [Fisk] for 10 years, and I've only known Rodriguez for a few, playing against each other and coaching him. But he broke the record for a reason.
"Pudge Rodriguez is the best player to ever come from Puerto Rico. When you catch every day, you have to be strong mentally and physically."
Stats only tell part of the story. Which Pudge you got? Check the records, rifle through your memories, go with your gut and don't forget to vote!
- Carlton Fisk