Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Note: I've inveighed against a lazy trope employed by sportswriters once before, and it was fun, so let's do it again.
For one weekend every summer, fans, journalists, and retired ballplayers assemble en masse in Cooperstown for the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It is widely regarded as one of the most enjoyable experiences a baseball fan can have, taking in the history of the game at its designated mecca among some of the greatest players in baseball history. I've never been to Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown, but I would like to someday.
As much as fans love Hall of Fame weekend, sportswriters love it even more. They get to take the same pilgrimage as the fans, only they get paid to go by their employer, plus they get media credentials and access to Hall of Famers. Not only does this make for an enjoyable business trip, but an easy week of columns. In the week following Hall of Fame weekend, we get to read almost every baseball scribe in America write about what Hall of Famers think about the scandals du jour in Major League Baseball. Some examples from this week:
- Should steroid users be allowed in the Hall of Fame? (Answer: We all disagree.)
- What do you think about pitch counts? (Answer: DO NOT WANT!)
- What about Pete Rose? (Answer: Why not, other than the fact that he agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball?)