The video is a bit long, but I promise it is worth the time to watch it. If you need something to do on this Friday (or this weekend!), grab yourself a hot dog and a beer, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy this Hall of Fame induction speech from one of baseball’s greatest pitchers. Inducted this past weekend and full of charisma and enthusiasm, it’s difficult not to root for Pedro Martinez, regardless of who your hometown team might be.
In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
I’m dragging pretty bad on this early Monday morning, so I figured, why not start with a laugh? Few cartoons are able to treat baseball in the same manner as Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang…
The Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducting four new members into its ranks later today: Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez. Looking at the pictures featuring these gentlemen, it sure is strange to see them all looking so young again.
Nevertheless, one can hardly argue that the initiation of each of these players into the Hall is well-deserved. While the celebration has been going on all weekend for this ceremony, the formal induction ceremony and the delivery of speeches by these four men will be taking place today, beginning at 1:30 eastern time. You can find complete details about the proceedings here.
On July 24, 1909, Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Superbas struck out 16 Cardinal batters as Brooklyn defeated St. Louis, 1-0. Rucker asserted that he actually collected 17 K’s that day, but a careless official scorer forgot to record one of them. The southpaw finished the year second in the National League with 200 strikeouts (some sources say 201 strikeouts), in spite of Brooklyn’s dismal 55-98 season record.
The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor.
~ Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879
I sure am glad they were wrong about that!