In case your interest in baseball was dormant over the weekend, allow me to inform you that Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were all inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday without incident. Over the Hall of Fame weekend, our fearless Saturday and Sunday contributors, Bill Parker and The Common Man from The Platoon Advantage, compared this year’s class to . . . well, an entire assortment of artists, kings of England, and even other baseball players.
Getting Blanked was not alone in our celebration of these great players, as the thousands who flocked to Cooperstown to watch the induction ceremonies will attest.
You know Johnny Bench farted just before this picture was taken. Look at Dave Winfield’s face. It’s got that pained laughter thing going down, where you try to guard against breathing in while chuckling.
These people had no idea who the guy on the far left was. He sort of just tagged along with them all weekend long, but when he hopped in the minivan for the ride home, they finally said that enough was enough.
I’m tired of older players getting a pass on the question of performance enhancing drugs. The evidence would suggest that steroids have been a part of the game for a long time. Exhibit A: Bert Blyleven’s head is like five times the size of a normal human, and four times the size of this person’s.
So, uh, is this not treasonous? Of course, I’m referring to the John Olerud helmet that the kid on the left is wearing in support of another Blue Jay’s Hall of Fame candidacy. There’s a time and place for protest, and the induction ceremony really isn’t it. Poor taste.
You can read all three of the inductees’ speeches on the Hall of Fame website.
And The Rest
We won’t have JoJo Reyes to kick around anymore. Referring to Reyes as an asset while maintaining a straight face? Really, Stote?
Wily Mo Pena was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it happened just as one of his home run balls was finally landing.
Carlos Beltran isn’t interested in being a rental player if it means he’s merely designated hitting. Otherwise, he’ll be a total mercenary.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants may be trying to use B.J. Upton’s apparent availability as leverage in their negotiations for Beltran.
The Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are talking about Colby Rasmus. This is sort of like having your opinion change about a girl after meeting the other hurt bags who are interested in her.
Just let it go, already.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim youngen Mike Trout hit his first big league dinger.
Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Chance Ruffin will get his uh, chance to shine, after his recent call up.
The only question Tampa Bay Rays fans have for management after Desmond Jennings’ successful debut is: How dare you not bring him up sooner? Oh, and probably, Reid Brignac? Seriously?
FanGraphs looks at Ryan Howard and the RBI.
What’s the deal with Coco Crisp’s neck?
Finally, getting serious for a second, our thoughts are with Dave Cameron as he gets ready to battle cancer.