Hall deserves final say on Clemens
Updated: June 20, 2003, 10:12 AM ETBy Jim Baker
These baseball controversies eat away at one's soul, disrupting the day and reducing worker productivity across the land. This is only how it should be, however, as this is our national game and it must be expected that it will be a part of our lives. Besides, what is wrong with a little healthy debate, regardless of the triviality of the matter? It keeps our collective brains fresh, does it not? With that in mind, I recieved this:
- Jim: I need someone to take my side on this issue.
Isn't it Clemens' right to decide what team he's going
to represent on his Hall of Fame plaque? If the Hall
decided that all players went in with blank caps,
that's one thing but to say "We'll tell you how you'll
go in!" is crazy. This is Clemens' accomplishment and
all these people who act like the Hall and MLB should
be able to decide for players are forgetting that one
simple fact. Yeah, it's really tacky when Boggs,
Winfield and whoever else sold their likeness but in
the end what does it really matter??? No one will ever
not visit the Hall because Wade Boggs is wearing a
Devil Rays cap. Being enshrined in the Hall is a
lifetime dream for a player and they should be able to
choose the team they most wish to represent. Clemens
has harsh feelings about the Red Sox.. Whether we
think they're significant or not, they are real issue
to him. Just let it go and allow the player to make
the call on his own. Incidentally, I have read that
Mark McGwire plans on wearing a St. Louis Cardinal
cap. I don't think he played for the Cards for a
longer period of time than Clemens did for the Yanks.
He hit 70 homers in St. Louis but hit the majority of
his home runs in Oakland.
Everyone loves Mac so I doubt we'll hear much about
the issue but it's no different than the situation
regarding Clemens. Clemens won a Cy Young, achieved
his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout, as well as
playing for two World Series Championship teams.
That's enough to justify his being enshrined as a
Yankee. I am not a Yankees fan or even that much of
a Clemens fan, I just cannot understand how any group
could conceive of taking ownership of this decision.
Love to hear your thoughts.
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