One such example of where this happened to me in softball, is my relationship with Central Park Legend Edgar Gonzalez Sr.
Edgar Sr. is an acquired taste and over the years, I'm glad I've formed a friendship with him. I like seeing him at the ball park as he makes me laugh and I appreciate his knowledge of the game, Back in the 70s and 80s he was considered one of, if not, The Best SS in NYC. Here are some old school pictures of this living legend in his hey day
Another Living Legend who I didn't hate, but gave off an annoying 1st impression to me was Bobby "Larry Merchant" Fishman.
This guy is a one man show, a true piece of work. But again like Edgar Sr over the years I have really grown to like him b/c he's unique, different, and very New York.
Recently, I was lucky (punn intended) enough to get both of these guys together at the same time while I interviewed Bobby
These guys could easily get a TV show together. Classic
In the case of these two living legends, I'm glad 1st impressions weren't the most lasting as they are to be treasured now as el Gran Combo so eloquently sings
"Que me lo den en vida" - translated means give me my accolades/due while I am alive when I can enjoy them, not when it's too late.
You guys are Legends