Wednesday, June 20, 2012
If Clemens doesn’t get in, it becomes a Hall of Shame
However, there’s more than a mere handful of pompous baseball beat writers – the bums who have the ultimate say-so on who gets into the Hall and who is blacklisted – that are going to keep Clemens out because they believe from their self-constructed lofty perches they know more than the jury that acquitted Clemens this week of perjury charges stemming from his emphatic denial before Congress that he was injected with steroids.
These writers are two-faced sanctimonious hypocrites. Let’s see. They voted Gaylord Perry into the Hall of Fame, a pitcher who achieved all his success by throwing illegal pitches. Manager Leo Durocher, a close friend of gangster Bugsy Siegel, someone who regularly allowed professional gamblers into his clubhouse, and the person who set up the complex scheme of stealing opposing catcher’s signals that allowed his New York Giants to win the 1951 National League pennant, is also a member of the Hall of Fame.
If these outlaws and cheaters are permitted entry, then Clemens better be voted in as well or the Hall becomes what Groucho Marx once called "a mockery, a sham, a mockery of a sham."
Not only that, the Hall deserves to be boycotted by all true baseball fans if Clemens is denied entry. Simply don’t go to Cooperstown, N.Y. Don’t support an outfit that denies entry to the greatest ballplayers of this or any other era, just because a group of prejudiced sportswriters placed themselves on a pedestal above the law.