I have been bothered by recent news stories, but the baseball hall of fame has opened some wounds. I happen to be a huge sports fan, I love baseball. But the things I love about it are under attack by a bunch of self indulgent writers who have an absurd delusion of grandeur.
Baseball is as much about history as it is about numbers and personal accomplishment. The story of the day is that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did not make the hall of fame, in fact no one did. Sad. Take a moment to look at these two players’ numbers against the competition of their day…it won’t take long to find their names on lists as they are firmly at the top of most categories.
They owned the game and their contemporary competition. The term ‘first ballot’ is written for guys like bonds and Clemens. They should be in the hall. But they aren’t and probably wont be for a while. Because the writers have taken this opportunity to make themselves bigger than the game.
Babe Ruth was the best of his era. Hank Aaron the best of his. Cy Young the best pitcher. But did these players all play against each other? No. So is it possible that their numbers are simply better due to s lack of competition in their days?
Someone must pitch a ball before its hit, right? So other players of the day matter toward individual legacy.
They were the giants of their times. That’s what the hall is and what it should be. Barry Bonds did steroids. So did almost every player of his era. It was the game and time in which he played. Not every player on juice had the numbers he had (or even came close). A rising tide lifts all boats, but Barrys boat was always the highest. That is based on skill, talent, and natural ability. Bonds is a one of a kind player.
Ya know, these writers have spent more time and effort writing about this steroid stuff than Bonds and Clemens did taking them. Amazing the stories that came out after the rumors were out in the open. In my opinion, the writers knew about the steroids long before the public knew. This makes them culpable. And therefore their writing was as effected by steroids as the players. This makes them guilty. This being the case their votes should be voided and the fans should decide who should be in the hall. I vote yes on bonds, Clemens, Piazza, McGuire, and Sosa. They were the best players of my youth. They get my vote.