BDD: An Irrelevant Hall of Fame
On the heels of learning that Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were voted into the Hall of Fame, I have looked into the future to an irrelevant Hall of Fame.
“Who are these guys?” my grandson queries as we walk into a hallway separated from the rest of the exhibits.
Not even having to look at the scenery, I respond, “They are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Ken Caminiti…”
My grandson interrupts me. “How come they’re all by themselves over here?”
“Back in the late 1990’s, baseball was hurting from the ‘94 strike and needed something big to draw interest. McGwire and Sosa got into an historic home run race where they both shattered Roger Maris’ single-season record of 61 home runs with 70 and 66. And Barry Bonds later broke it by hitting 73 in a season. Later, it was surmised that they were all using artificial substances to improve their game. When it came time for them to get inducted into the Hall here, they were shunned by the baseball writers who knew of the problem when it was in its infancy and did nothing to shine light on it; they ignored it. Then, they righteously campaigned against those guys ex post facto.”
“Ex post facto?”
“It means ‘after the fact’. They could have come forward with pertinent information, but there was too much money to be made off it, so they didn’t say anything. Years later, when they had made all their money, they finally said something because it provided another avenue for them to make money. The guys who wrote the book Game of Shadows are a good example.”