sammy sosa kissIn case you missed yesterday’s super-sized edition of the BN Podcast, it’s not too late (it’s never too late (I think that’s a song line)), as you can tune in here. And then you can subscribe via iTunes, so you never miss a future episode. On to the Bullets …

  • A day after the Hall of Fame voters opened their arms to no one, despite the availability of one of the most stacked ballots in history, the national conversation figured to be all about that non-event. Jayson Stark says it, if not the best, then the most plainly, that what happened yesterday is insane, and something needs to change. The Hall is supposed to be a museum, Stark says, and no one should be taking an eraser to an era. It happened, let’s deal with it. I’m inclined to agree – when I take my kids to the Hall in a decade, I want them to see what there is to see from the 90s and early 2000s. Heck, the 90s is when I grew up – and I did it on baseball.
  • Commissioner Bud Selig said he was not unhappy with the result, when speaking at an owners’ meeting. “The Hall of Fame is the greatest honor a player can get. A very small percentage of players. Next year, I think you’ll have a rather large class, and this year, for whatever reasons, you had a couple of guys who came very close. This is not to be voted on to make sure someone gets in every year. It’s to be voted on to make sure that they’re deserving. I respect the writers as well as the Hall, itself. This idea that this somehow diminishes the hall or baseball is ridiculous, in my opinion.”
  • Sammy Sosa, who received just 12.5% of the voting, indicating that he’s never going to make it in by way of the voters, released a statement after the results were released: “It has been a moment of great honor for me to have my name on the ballot for the first time along with some of the game’s greats. Even if we weren’t inducted on our first time, we are still winners and there is always a next time. God has blessed me with a beautiful family, great career, and I know He will determine my future in the years to come. Baseball has been very, very good to me. Kiss to the heavens.”
  • Jon Greenberg yesterday tweeted, appropriately (if cynically): “Forget the Hall of Fame, what does Sosa have to do to get invite to Cubs Convention? Not like he ever made team any money, right?” I hate saying that “coming clean” is the only way Sammy will be welcomed back with open arms, but it might be the case. Part of me hates saying it that way, because I hate standing in a position of accusation when I don’t definitely truly KNOW something with 100% certainty. I do feel like, at some point, I’d like to be over all that ugliness, and just be able to enjoy remembering Sammy as a great Cub to watch.
  • Of course, it’s fair to wonder whether Sammy even wants to come back and be a part of the Cubs’ world.
  • Jesse Rogers says the voters got it right with Sammy Sosa, largely because, until the Steroid Era and the associated increase in numbers, Sammy wasn’t on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
  • The Tribune looks ahead to next year’s even more stacked ballot, which adds Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent, and Mike Mussina, among others.
  • Kerry Wood’s now annual Winter Warm-Up event is January 18, and it’s an opportunity to be served drinks by Cubs players (for charity). If you’re going to be around for the Convention anyway, check it out.
  • Former Cub Kosuke Fukudome is headed back to Japan on a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers.
  • CubsfaninAZ

    To blublud, I wasn’t saying Biggio wasn’t going to get in. Just when you look at it 3,000 hits usually means your a First Ballot Hall of Famer without question. These blank ballot voters and all the others who just think the whole era is tainted so they cant pick anyone from it, are the guys who just voted for Dale Murphy and Jack Morris if they didn’t leave it blank. Simply put they screwed Biggio.
    Piazza has only been linked to steroids because a reported questioned it because of his “bacne” . The guy was on the Mets when Mcanamee was there and Piazza’s name never came up in his report.
    Bagwell get lumped in there just because he has muscles. Even though if you seen the guy train, or watch him take 500 cuts on a tee just to start his day in spring training, you’ll realize anyone would have huge forearms doing what he does!
    And Grace wont get in, he only got 4% of the vote and fell off the ballot. My point was they dont reward players who were not taking PED’s still. They wont even give them enough votes to keep them in the conversation. So I was pointing out that maybe Grace should have juiced, atleast then he’d get some consideration.
    I hate how everyone is like “oh well they’ll eventually get in” especially here on a Cubs fan site. We all know to well that the writers got it wrong with Ron Santo. No one is promised tomorrow, so why keep them out till the last second? Ron didnt get to make his induction and that was a Travesty! If they earned the right to be there, put them there, dont play with your stats and what ifs for years and deny these men and their families that honor!

  • Curt

    No steroids rage I just think its a simple thing that’s being made more complicated than it is.

  • Dante Hicks

    We don’t welcome him back ever.

    Baseball has been filled with selfish, ego-inflated jerks since the beginning. However, I can’t ever forgive his cheating, his lack of ability to care for teammates, and play unselfishly on the field. He didn’t give 100% always, only for himself.

    I hope he stays in exile. Those guys who confessed at least have that going for that. Big Mac is also a selfish guy, but he admitted his mistakes. Sammy doesn’t.

    Of course, I didn’t really cheer much for him pre-steroids. I’m probably in minority, but if I had kids I wouldn’t want them watching a ceremony honoring him.

    Fergie had his jersey retired and had some personal issues. However, those were off the field and he fixed it.

    What has Sammy done, pardon the old movie/book phrase, ever done but run?

    I’d rather honor George Bell and his gas stations.

    Those of you who disagree? I’ll give you my tickets for that game if he comes back.

    He represents the worst of the Cubs (and their old management).

    I’ll take a million idiotic Ryan Dempster impressions of Harry Caray over Sammy’s fake nod to fans and the upstairs any day.

  • Kyle

    Sosa will always be welcome back with me.

    He tried the only thing that would have caused the media and general fandom to embrace him, but his attempted skin bleaching just looked awful.

    • AB

      LOL awesome

    • Brett

      Don’t do that, man – I know the point you’re trying to make, and I understand the nuance. But it just doesn’t play, and it makes you look bad (and it gets things rolling down an ugly path).

      • Kyle

        Fair enough.

        Sorry everyone. Sosa just didn’t play the game the right way. He wasn’t a gamer, he was a natural athlete who didn’t get the most out of his talents because he was lazy. He wasn’t a team-first player. We needed a leader with more grit and scrappiness.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Like Reed Johnson?

        • JB88

          And perhaps a more understandable accent …

  • Vince

    I hate all this talk about steroids and how whether or not they cheated. Everyone thinks that Ken Griffey Jr. should be a first ballot but how do you know that he didn’t take steroids? They didn’t start testing till 2003 right? How do you know he didn’t take steroids in the minors? This could be said about almost every single home run hitter or power pitcher. We just don’t know who did what and I know I stretched it out a little but that doesn’t mean what I said isn’t true. I don’t want Bonds in but was he actually ever found guilty? Past players also used greenies before they were illegal and I would not be surprised if players are still finding ways around the rules. Also do they test minor league players now?