Cooperstown does not catch da taste

Just under a year ago, I made the first post on this blog. Roberto Alomar had just been hit with a lawsuit alleging he was infected with H.I.V. and was either knowingly or unknowingly but stupidly spreading the disease.

Steering clear of the whole legal debate, I bemoaned the fact that the controversy might cost Alomar a shot at being enshrined in the Hall of Fame. This would, of course, also cost the Blue Jays the chance to have their first player honoured in Cooperstown.

The complainant turned out to be a crank, but the BBWAA still didn’t elect Alomar to the Hall of Fame.

I doubt it did, but I really hope that the controversy didn’t take any votes from the real GBOAT. I suspect a few votes for Alomar were held back either because “he spit on an ump,” or “he just doesn’t deserve to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Neither argument really holds any water, but that’s all I can think of explain the lack of votes.

Normally I don’t care about the Hall of Fame inductions. I have trouble getting worked up about writers arguing with each other. But this year is different. This is one of my childhood heroes. Remembering all he did on the field — especially that ALCS home run off Eckersley — I can’t help but get a bit excited.

Next year, Robbie. Next year.

P.S. Congrats to Andre Dawson. Whether you think he deserves the honour or not, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Expos, so I’m happy with that.

9 thoughts on “Cooperstown does not catch da taste

  1. Same here, Chris. Usually I don’t get into the HoF voting either, but this was Roberto F*cking Alomar.

    What a slap in the face to Robbie, the Blue Jays, and baseball as a whole. I know he will eventually get into the Hall, but that’s not the point.

    The way the voters screwed around with their votes, leaving some completely blank and others seemingly picking names at random, I am just disgusted with the whole process.

    • I’m going to ease the pain by watching the Back-to-Back DVD. It’s not good to dwell on the past, but that’s what this whole Hall of Fame thing is about.

      • Ummm, whaaaat? You have a back-to-back DVD?

        Such a technology exists? I have this on VHS,
        but had I known I can watch the Jays conquests
        on modern technology I would be through the
        roof with excitement. Please inform me where
        I can purchase any and all videos of either
        1992 or 1993 that aren’t on VHS.

        DVD? DVD? Wowwwww… I am excited.

        • Hmm, a quick google search turned
          up some results. Colour me surprised.

          I wonder if this is the same as the VHS
          I have. Can you describe exactly what
          the video is.

          The one I had went through like the entire
          regular season, highlighting important
          games and then had coverage of the
          post season too.

          I also had different 1992 and 1993
          World Series videos which highlighted
          JUST the post season, in greater detail.

          I have watched these things probably more
          than anything in life.

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      • I couldn’t agree more about grariteics. I miss sitting with some of the elderly individuals I used to help and they would tell me stories for hours about the things that they witness when they were younger, and the lives that they lived up to the point that they needed care. I have always felt that the elderly know how to live their lives better than anyone, and they for sure never take it for granted! Sometimes the people taking care of them are not good people though, and it always breaks my heart to see someone talking badly to an elderly man or woman.I like how you made a switch from little tiny babies that have no real experience with life, to elderly men and women who have lived life to its fullest and still have more life to share with others. Such opposites!

      • I don’t think Curt would have much of a shot winning any election. Is there anyone out there who actually likes him? For all he did for Boston, still every Boston fan I know doesn’t really like him, they just respond to questions with something like, well, I’m really happy for what he helped accomplish for us, but he should shut his mouth because he’s an idiot.As for Moose in Hall, I guess it makes sense that he not get in if we look at his peers who will be getting nominated around the same time- Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Randy Johnson, Clemens, Pedro. Those are all guys who were incredibly dominant. Moose, as great as he was, just wasn’t in that league. While I have never thought much of Glavine, he does have the magic number and that’s what counts to get him over the hump. As far as Moose playing on the Orioles in the 90s and Yankees in the 2000s, that’s true that that probably helped him get some wins, but it’s also true that pitching in the AL East probably took away it’s fair share of wins from him. Facing at various times the Sox, Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays is not an easy task- far more difficult than playing in other divisions. This is the premier offense division and probably always will be.Side note: if Moose shouldn’t get in before Blyleven- should Schilling get in before him? Or before Jack Morris for that matter? Schilling’s got the 3000+ strikeouts, but he doesn’t have the win total of Moose or Blyleven (who also has more Ks, as do Clemens, the Unit, Maddux, and Pedro). He also has the postseason record, making him similar to Morris. If you put those together does it make him Hall worthy? I don’t know. I think right now people think he and Moose should get in, but in five years from now, with some perspective, I think people will answer ‘no.’

  2. to find an out-of-position infielder, and Art Howe had no pelborm alternately sending him down and ignoring him in 2003. Still, those Mets, a 66-95 juggernaut, could use all the spit and vinegar they could

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