HOF Induction Ceremony 2022 (Big Papi)

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This is happening tomorrow at 1:30pm. It will be on MLB Network. Big Papi is the only inducted player this year by BBWAA vote, but there will be others:

Baseball Writers' Association of America electee David Ortiz will join Golden Days Era Committee electees Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva and Early Baseball Era Committee electees Bud Fowler and Buck O'Neil at the July 24 Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown.
Pete Abe has been tweeting what Red Sox will be there:

View: https://twitter.com/PeteAbe/status/1550901773967265793


View: https://twitter.com/PeteAbe/status/1550902348121358339
 

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What are the odds he thanks Edgar Martinez in his speech? 25%
 

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Thanks for the timing. MLBN is starting its coverage at 11 and I couldn't find when the speech is likely to occur. NESN is running David Ortiz memory shows all morning. They're pretty good.
 

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Thanks for the timing. MLBN is starting its coverage at 11 and I couldn't find when the speech is likely to occur. NESN is running David Ortiz memory shows all morning. They're pretty good.
The ceremony itself begins at 1:30. When the speech is depends on the order they go in after that.

If this isn’t streaming on mlb.com, that’s a big MLB f-up.
It will be streamed live on MLB.com. Or at least, that's what it says on MLB.com.
 

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I know this thread is mostly about Big Papi, and rightly so.

But Tim Kurkjian is being inducted today, too. I've been watching and reading and listening to him almost my entire life, and this is an honor that is really well deserved. I don't know that he was ever the "smartest" or "wittiest" or "most groundbreaking" guy in MLB media, but he's one of the few (much like Joe Posnanski) who you can just feel how much he loves the game every single time he writes or talks about it, and the sport of baseball (and sports in general) is better for having people like him around it. I am glad he is getting the recognition he deserves.
 

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One gripe about MLBN coverage: I think it was Greg Amsinger that said that David Ortiz and Derek Jeter, what with all the playoffs they were in and great plays they made, and max max TV coverage this century, provided more iconic moments than anyone else. I remember some Jeter hits in 03 and 04 and his ruining his knee much later, but mentioning him with Ortiz for iconic moments? First ballot hall of famer no doubt, but that was funny bringing him in with Ortiz for clutch, I think he was trying to say.

edit: it was Tom Verducci that made the remark.
 
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It's Papi's Day and a celebration extremis on this Board, but I am thrilled for Buck O'Neil (his effervescent spirit is there), Gil Hodges, (The Captain of The Bums, and the Skipper of the '69 Mets, but how many of you recall what a good manager he was for the Washington Senators prior to coming to Flushing?), and, Jim Kaat. In 2001, I had the pleasure of chatting with both Jim Kaat and Bobby Mercer in their cramped MSG broadcasting booth at the old Yankee Stadium. As we all began to reminisce, I took out a 1966 Topps baseball card of Tony Conigliaro that I have kept in my wallet for more than thirty years. "Ah, Tony," said Kaat as he fingered the card delicately. "He would have hit 600 home runs. He always put the fear of God in me when he came up to the plate. I tried to pitch him low and away. When I made a mistake to him - watch out." I admitted to Kaat that had he not been injured in the 161st game of the 1967 season; The Twins would have won the pennant. He smiled and said, "The Gods were with the Sox that year, and frankly, it was good for baseball. It still stings, but I am okay with it." A gentleman and a gentle man finally gets his due.
 
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I have been reading some old New Yorker articles about Big Papi. Here's an excerpt from one from the low stage of 2010:
Between at-bats, I took the virtual pulse of the Nation, via the Sons of Sam Horn message boards, where diehards of a certain generational cast engage in nightly group-therapy rituals, rehashing the events on their television screens in real time instead of waiting for the next morning’s call-in shows. “At this point Ortiz is such a disaster that if the Sox release him, fema would have to drive him to the airport,” one fan wrote. Another pointed out that Lars Anderson, the franchise’s top-rated prospect, had just homered for Pawtucket, the Sox’ AAA affiliate in Rhode Island (“Hey Papi, don’t look behind you”), and I recalled my first glimpse, back in 1987, of the eponymous Sam Horn himself: a left-handed sequoia with no glove, an Anderson who never quite blossomed into an Ortiz. Clicking around some more, I noticed that Horn’s career line was scarcely different from that of Ortiz at the point, in 2003, when the Red Sox’ new management rescued him from the Minnesota Twins’ discard heap. Some careers end too early.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/07/12/the-undead-2
 

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One gripe about MLBN coverage: I think it was Greg Amsinger that said that David Ortiz and Derek Jeter, what with all the playoffs they were in and great plays they made, and max max TV coverage this century, provided more iconic moments than anyone else. I remember some Jeter hits in 03 and 04 and his ruining his knee much later, but mentioning him with Ortiz for iconic moments? First ballot hall of famer no doubt, but that was funny bringing him in with Ortiz for clutch, I think he was trying to say.

edit: it was Tom Verducci that made the remark.
You talking about Mr November?
 

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Watching all the Papi highlights is great but it's also a sad sign that the 15 year run is over and the current state of the franchise is far way from that level of play.
 

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What an emotional day this is. There is no one player more important to the history of this franchise than David Ortiz. Him and Tom Brady are my sports heroes and one is going into the Hall today. It just goes to show you how incredibly lucky we were to have those two guys change the course of Boston sports history simultaneously. My Mount Rushmore will have 2 spots until somebody else is worthy enough to join them. Congrats 34. No one deserves it more than you.
 

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It's Papi's Day and a celebration extremis on this Board, but I am thrilled for Buck O'Neil (his effervescent spirit is there), Gil Hodges, (The Captain of The Bums, and the Skipper of the '69 Mets, but how many of you recall what a good manager he was for the Washington Senators prior to coming to Flushing?), and, Jim Kaat. In 2001, I had the pleasure of chatting with both Jim Kaat and Bobby Mercer in their cramped MSG broadcasting booth at the old Yankee Stadium. As we all began to reminisce, I took out a 1966 Topps baseball card of Tony Conigliaro that I have kept in my wallet for more than thirty years. "Ah, Tony," said Kaat as he fingered the card delicately. "He would have hit 600 home runs. He always put the fear of God in me when he came up to the plate. I tried to pitch him low and away. When I made a mistake to him - watch out." I admitted to Kaat that had he not been injured in the 161st game of the 1967 season; The Twins would have won the pennant. He smiled and said, "The Gods were with the Sox that year, and frankly, it was good for baseball. It still stings, but I am okay with it." A gentleman and a gentle man finally gets his due.
That’s a wonderful story, thank you.
No Tony Oliva anecdote?
 

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Ortiz is one of about four guys (if you overlook the gray hairs) on that dais who looks like he could still put on a uniform and play the game.
 

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Watching all the Papi highlights is great but it's also a sad sign that the 15 year run is over and the current state of the franchise is far way from that level of play.
You know Ortiz was a key player on teams that lost 93, 91, and 84 games right? These seasons happen when organizations fail and then change directions. Not that there went expectations for this years Red Sox but he wasn’t playing on World Series champs every year