Which brings me to my solution, to the way Gehrig can save us from another decade of agonizing Hall of Fame votes. Let Jeff Idelson, the organization’s president, use the occasion of Gehrig’s enshrinement to announce The Baseball Hall of Fame Fund for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Let Major League Baseball and its players make voluntary, generous contributions. Let baseball’s steroid users, past and present, acknowledge that they cheated by adding muscle that wasn’t rightfully theirs and let them begin to repent by supporting research to find a cure for the disease that stripped muscle from Gehrig.
Every day in the United States, 15 people are diagnosed with ALS. Scientists don’t know what causes it or how to cure it. Let baseball’s steroid cheats embrace a search for the cure. Let them join the boards of their local ALS charities and give some of the great wealth their artificial muscles helped them earn. Let the Hall of Fame lead the way.
If they were to take up such a mission, they might begin to atone for their mistakes, and the voters who elect players to the Hall of Fame might begin to think about them more favorably. As a fan, I know I would.
There’s my pitch. Step up to the plate, sluggers.
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
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