Riding for Fame: Bob Gibson don’t give a hoot about steroid users making the HOF.
All the rhetoric is no problem for Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.
“I don’t care if they get in or not,” Gibson said. “Players have always tried to cheat. This is a little different, but players have been cheating for years (Gibson volunteered that he had thrown one spitball).
“But it’s not up to me anyway. It’s up to the press.”
...Looking ahead, (Ozzie) Smith said he had heard past conversations about Hall of Famers not wanting to attend a ceremony if they deemed an inductee unworthy. “The closer we get to it, I’m sure the more discussions we’re going to have about that,” Smith said.
“Let me reverse this,” he told a reporter. “Do you think it’s fair?’”
The answer offered was that the voter didn’t want to consider the possibilities until the ballot landed in his hands. “It’s pretty much the same with us,” Smith said. “There’s so much uncertainty. What is real, and what isn’t? There’s a lot of pressure on (writers).”
Cardinals Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock said that if players connected with steroids asked for mercy and forgiveness, they probably would receive it and then a number would be elected. “Baseball seems to be forgiving,” Brock said.