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Friday, July 29, 2011

Bergeson: A Protestant in Cooperstown

Stone Boy is sacrificing himself!

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My first childhood baseball hero, Bert Blyleven was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., last Sunday.

I couldn’t bring myself to watch or care.

...I knew Cooperstown was supposed to be a sacred site, a religious experience, the baseball equivalent of St. Peter’s Square. I waited to be entranced.

But the baseball shrine with its statues and relics left me flat. And, I thought, who are humans to think they can determine who is a baseball saint and who isn’t, anyway?

While the rest of the tour group wandered the marble halls in reverent silence, I rushed through the exhibits and snuck out the back door.

With three hours still left on our tour, I walked down the Main Street of tiny Cooperstown and found the beautiful lakefront.

No more statues, relics and icons for me.

In a park near the lake, I found a nice park bench in the shade.

In a Cromwellian act of rebellion and sacrilege, I took a two-hour nap within a stone’s throw of a statue of Ty Cobb.

Typical Protestant.

Repoz Posted: July 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, special topics

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   1. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: July 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM (#3888623)
And, I thought, who are humans to think they can determine who is a baseball saint and who isn’t, anyway?

C'mon man! They are either a hall of famer or they are not!
   2. haven Posted: July 29, 2011 at 11:12 PM (#3888635)
Interesting take. Blyleven was also a favorite of mine in HS as a Pirate. I actually drove with a friend in college from State College, PA to Memorial Stadium to watch him pitch for the Indians against the Orioles. I am happy for him. Much the way I was happy for Maz, although his biggest moment came 9 months before I was born. But like this author from a personal standpoint I can't get all that worked up about the Hall of Fame. I am happy for those that make it... Sometimes sad for those that don't.... But I just can't personally get that worked up about it..... And I'm even a Catholic.
   3. Brian White Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:30 AM (#3888694)
I suspect it's a problem with the editor.

It may not have anything to do with the author.

But it still bugs me.

I mean, really.

It's okay to have more than one sentence per paragraph.

Seriously.
   4. Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM (#3888706)
It's okay to have more than one sentence per paragraph.


There's a school of thought that says those one-sentence paragraphs are easier to read on a screen... I tend to be a grammar nazi, but I think there's something to that.
   5. Tim McCarver's Orange Marmalade Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:54 AM (#3888713)
This has to be in the top ten stupidest articles that have come to the attention of BTF. WTF is the point of the article? I mean, really? Utter crap.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: July 30, 2011 at 01:52 AM (#3888764)
Based on posts here, I was under the impression that everybody finds the plaque room boring in the end. But if you find the other exhibits boring, you're not a baseball fan.

So this civilization had "ray weapons" but not, say, jackhammers? And was Stone Boy's superpower really to turn to stone so villains would tire themselves out trying to beat the crap out of him. I gotta assume Stone Boy was slower than Bengie Molina and that the best course of villainous action would be to ignore him and get on with your villainous plans.

Granted, The Thing had surprising mobility for a guy apparently made of rocks so perhaps I also underrate Stone Boy's agility.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:27 AM (#3888795)
who are humans to think they can determine who is a baseball saint and who isn’t, anyway?



Even in Stone Boy's time, it's the Legionnaires* who get to vote in their leader, and not a computer.

*Well, the readers.
   8. Srul Itza Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:39 AM (#3888802)
Granted, The Thing had surprising mobility for a guy apparently made of rocks so perhaps I also underrate Stone Boy's agility.


Nope, at least at the time I stopped reading it, stone boy's "power" was to turn into an immobile hunk of rock.

Then again, my recollection is that he was not a member of the Legion of Super Heroes, but rather, the Legion of Substitute Heroes -- second raters who were rejected by the Legion and formed a sort of Legionnaires Auxiliary.

I am not at all unhappy that I gave up on comics in 1987 when I did my 2 year stint on the road (Bhopal-Phoenix-Salt Lake City) before locating to Honolulu.
   9. Srul Itza Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:50 AM (#3888810)
Based on posts here, I was under the impression that everybody finds the plaque room boring in the end.


Not me. I loved reading the plaques.

Of course, when I was last in Cooperstown in the mid 1960's, there were only around 100+ plaques, or 180 less than there are today.
   10. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:51 AM (#3888847)
I am not at all unhappy that I gave up on comics in 1987


Marvels "Gilded Age" pretty much ended with Jim Shooter being fired in 1987. Say what you will about him, he oversaw (and wrote!) a fine, fine run for Marvel. DC however put out some very nice stuff that pretty much whittled itself down to "Sandman" which ended in 1996. ...and I will be more than happy to relieve you of any burdensome collection you may have.
   11. Srul Itza At Home Posted: July 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM (#3888892)
No collection. My father stole them and sold them out from under me to support his gambling habit when I was out of town for a couple of years.

I am glad I got out before they started re-writing the DC Universe very other year.
   12. Greg K Posted: July 30, 2011 at 07:19 AM (#3888902)
A Cromwellian nap? Wouldn't the Cromwellian reaction be to destroy the idolatrous Cobb statue and then kill everyone working in the Museum?
   13. BDC Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM (#3888936)
A Cromwellian nap?

They also serve who only snooze and wait.
   14. Lassus Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:37 PM (#3888963)
Say what you will about him, he oversaw (and wrote!) a fine, fine run for Marvel.

I'll say he's a terrible writer, actually. Secret Wars was an unforgivable abomination.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:21 PM (#3888976)
A Cromwellian nap? Wouldn't the Cromwellian reaction be to destroy the idolatrous Cobb statue and then kill everyone working in the Museum?

At least all the Irish.
   16. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:59 PM (#3888993)
I'll say he's a terrible writer, actually. Secret Wars was an unforgivable abomination.


Shooter is the second best fanboy writer in comics. Geoff Johns being the best. Secret Wars has a lot of fun and good moments. The Korvac Saga is outstanding, and Jim is Alan Moore when you compare his LSH stories to the Silver Age shlock around them.
   17. Something Other Posted: July 31, 2011 at 06:53 AM (#3889478)
Marvels "Gilded Age" pretty much ended with Jim Shooter being fired in 1987. Say what you will about him, he oversaw (and wrote!) a fine, fine run for Marvel. DC however put out some very nice stuff that pretty much whittled itself down to "Sandman" which ended in 1996. ...and I will be more than happy to relieve you of any burdensome collection you may have.
Somewhere between the early 70s, when I stopped collecting, and the late 1990s, Marvel artwork completely changed. Spiderman went from being pretty much anthropomorphically correct to this weird critter with mask eyes half the size of his head, and other criminal assaults on my childhood recollections. Was Marvel imitating Manga, or something else...? It looked awful.

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