Dan, Dan, he’s our Manna! Dan Duquette, Jr. steps up.
McGwire, to me, will always be somewhat of a mythical figure, a behemoth of a man who sent towering home runs into the Fenway night at the 1999 Home Run Derby. The same goes for Barry Bonds. That’s what baseball is to me and my generation. Our memories are what they are.
I couldn’t care less that McGwire or Bonds used steroids, I really couldn’t. Yet somehow this has become a life-and-death issue to some voters, that allowing Big Mac into the Hall of Fame is an affront to all that is right and holy about baseball. They’re wrong.
...The history of the game is an integral piece of what makes a Hall of Fame, but you can’t pick and choose when to opt out and what to cherry-pick. The Steroids Era happened. We were all there for it, and for some of us, it is all we know. Choosing to ignore that time period does a disserve to the players that excelled during that time and is an insult to the fans that grew up in the middle of it.
There is a generation of fans out there who grew up in the Steroids Era and there is a generation of players out there who played in it. One day, those fans will want a place to be able to show the next generation their childhood memories and what it meant to them to see a great baseball player.
The Hall of Fame should be that place. If it isn’t, then what’s the point?
Posted: January 04, 2012 at 12:09 AM | 156 comment(s)
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