Wednesday, January 9, 2008
After eight years of defeat on the Hall of Fame Ballot, the Goose is in. Rich Gossage is the lone member of the Cooperstown class of 2008. And you know what? Good for him. His career stats definitely deserve a Hall of Fame induction. Some people point out that his numbers don't add up, but these people tend to forget how important relief pitchers were in the 70's, sometimes throwing 100+ innings a year.
I don't understand the baseball writers bias towards relievers. Same thing goes for kickers and punters in the NFL. Are they part of the game? Yes. An integral part? Of course, dip-shit. So what, they can't bench press a fucking Toyota, and they can't lift balls into the upperdeck of Petco Park - It doesn't matter, without these little giants and their beautiful big hearts, teams fall apart.
Okay, so kickers and punters are geeks, but how many times have you punched a fucking wall and broke your hand (me) watching a shit kicker shank a field goal during the 2004 divisional playoffs against the Steelers to win the game, not once, but twice? Huh? How many of you? And how many times have you watched relievers come in with the game on the line, throw 27 fastballs at 101 MPH, but every pitch is out of the strikezone because all that pitcher is thinking about is Iron Maiden and Budweiser? My blood pressure is through the roof when this shit happens, and I'm sure there are a ton of other spastic people with the same issue as me.
Long story short, give credit where credit is do, stop being high and mighty because you hold the fate of these unheraleded middle men in your greasy, Wendy's Bacon Burger covered fingers.