Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Posted by el duque at 4:44 PM
I suspect our first class would be the following:
I have a problem with one name on that list: Pete Rose. Yeah, he only bet on his team to win. Trouble was, he didn't bet on every game. So when he wasn't betting, he was sort of wagering against his own team. That's hard to overlook. But I would, anyway.
And every other name on that list is simply a player who was trying to get an edge on the competition - and got caught. Athletes and coaches have cheated and schemed for extra advantages since the beginning of sports. Keeping these old warhorses out of the hall is just pious, self-righteous sportswriter morality.
Life is too short to hold grudges against old jocks, who were never viewed as giants of morality - until the media started assigning cosmic importance to their every word. Let's save our righteous indignation for the politicians, the generals, the corporate chieftains and the billionaires who goad us, write us, or march us into wars.
Hell, let the old jocks do what old jocks are supposed to do: Coach Little League, play golf, drink their asses off and sit around, remembering The Big Game, which seemed important at the time.
Oh, one more thing: MATTINGLY WOULD GET INTO MY HALL, DAMMIT. IF NECESSARY, I WOULD RIG THE FRICKIN' BALLOTING, AND SCREW YOU BASTARDS IF YOU DIDN'T VOTE HIM IN. A GUY SHELLS OUT $50 MILLION, AND HE OUGHTA GET SOMETHING. WHICH REMINDS ME: WHO WOULDN'T PUT MATTINGLY ON THEIR BALLOT? I'LL TELL YOU WHO: A SELF-LOATHING YANKEE FAN. THAT'S WHO. THERE IS NOTHING WORSE. THEY ARE THE REASON WHY ROGER MARIS IS NOT THE HALL. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. ROGER MARIS IS NOT IN THE HALL. THAT'S WHY WE NEED A PEOPLE'S HALL. SCREW COOPERSTOWN! LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE!