HOF Induction Ceremony 2022 (Big Papi)

canderson

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It is a bit odd he skipped Theo but great speech. He probably would be the 3rd best hitter on this year’s team if he put on a uniform right now.
 

mr_smith02

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Absolutely impossible to recognize everyone from a career as stellar as his. But, there's really no question that Manny's presence in the line-up made Papi better.
 

InsideTheParker

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Because that's the really important thing to take out of today?
I don't care, I was just curious. I enjoyed Ortiz, but the best thing from the afternoon to me was the introduction to Bud Fowler, whom I knew nothing about. I don't remember his being mentioned by O'Neill or anyone else in the PBS documentary, but there were so many names there I might have forgotten his.
 

snowmanny

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I thought he only mentioned the players Red Sox players) that were there.

I enjoyed that and I miss him on the field. His combination of skill, clutch, charisma was off the charts.
 

RG33

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I thought he did a great job — great energy and genuine gratitude. I did think it was odd there was no Manny reference, but you can’t name everyone, it’s easy to forget in the moment, and perhaps it was purposeful.

Either way, Big Papi is immortalized today — as he should be.
 

mr_smith02

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I don't care, I was just curious. I enjoyed Ortiz, but the best thing from the afternoon to me was the introduction to Bud Fowler, whom I knew nothing about. I don't remember his being mentioned by O'Neill or anyone else in the PBS documentary, but there were so many names there I might have forgotten his.
The Albany Times Union ran a nice front-page article about Fowler this morning...having lived in the region for 52 years I was surprised to have never heard his story as well. It was a really nice day for baseball in Cooperstown.
 

strek1

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But is his career as stellar without Manny and Theo?
He stuck with mostly the players who were there. I'm sure there were a ton of other prominent people he could have included as well. He has so many stories and people in his history he could have talked for hours.
 

Humphrey

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Another end-of-the-line guy (he did play here 3 years, which IMHO was 1 too many), Luis Aparicio.

Aparicio and Cepeda were released on the same day in spring 1974. Wonder if that's the only time two future Hall of Famers have gotten cut like that? Cepeda did play a little that year for the Royals.
 

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In related news, fuck Reggie Jackson, and especially fuck that lifelong POS Rich Gossage:

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Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage attend David Ortiz Hall of Fame ceremony

The story is behind a paywall, but it just says they both initially planned to skip the ceremony "in protest of the induction of David Ortiz over his failed PED test". I don't see it getting much play anywhere else. Have to admit I'm a bit surprised to see Reggie turn into a crotchety old man. On the other hand, I've always considered Gossage to be a complete moron.

Edit: I should note that they apparently decided to attend after all because they didn't want to offend anyone. Too late. I know I shouldn't let something like this annoy me, but I just find it disrespectful and offensive for them to even open their mouths about it to begin with.
 
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