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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Busch III and the McGwire statueFrom yesterday's New York Times, a walk around Busch III, which greatly impressed George Vecsey. This had me nodding in approval:
The playing field has avoided the intentionally quirky corners and gimmicks of many newer ballparks.
A quirky corner like the Mets have in right makes the same amount of sense in that park's location that a hitching post makes in front of my downtown office building.
One other fun thing mentioned that, if I ever knew it, I had forgotten, and that's that there exists a Mark McGwire statue to match the other immortal Cardinals' statues, except it sits under wraps in an attic somewhere. The rationale seems rather silly, though: the statues are only for Cardinals who have been elected to the Hall of Fame or have had their numbers retired by the club. The club only retires the numbers of Hall of Famers, Ken Boyer excepted. Since McGwire isn't going to be elected to the Hall of Fame anytime soon, the statue remains in limbo.
I've said it before, but the Hall of Fame wields way too much friggin' influence. Or, rather, those around baseball allow it to. The Cardinals have the power to honor anyone they want. If Giants' fans gave Barry Bonds a standing ovation last night, you can bet your bippy that Cardinals fans would be happy to have Mark McGwire honored as well. Who cares if a handful of sanctimonious writers have declared a vendetta against him? He brought an immense amount of joy to the people of St. Louis and an immense amount of money to the owners of the Cards. He should have his day in Busch Stadium and his statue should take its place alongside the other Cardinals' immortals.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:37pm
Richard in Dallas said...
You’re absolutely right, Craig. After all, isn’t there a portrait of Richard Nixon in a row with other presidential portraits somewhere in Washington?
Posted 04/28 at 02:56 PM
I’ve been aggressively against the known juicers these past few years, but I actually couldn’t agree with you more, Craig. And I’d like to think I would have been one of the hardest people to be persuaded here.
I remember his run in 98 with Sosa, and how awesome it was to talk about their little derby every day. He was a hell of a ballplayer for 15 years and, whether he juiced or not, he did a ton for the A’s and Cardinals and I almost think giving him this tribute will allow us to move on from the dark cloud of steroids and allow us to celebrate a ballplayer who was excellent and talented either way.
Posted 04/28 at 03:31 PM
Okay, how do we get you elected Commissioner?
Let’s get the campaign started. Bud can’t last forever, and I really don’t want Bob Costas to get it.
Posted 04/28 at 04:25 PM
Completely agreed. Never been a Cardinals fan, but in 1998 I was 10 years old. Some of the most exciting times was watching Mark McGwire play and the home run chase. He deserves the statue and HOF.
Posted 04/28 at 08:41 PM
no statue for mac in the loo. cards fan here.
Posted 04/29 at 01:15 AM
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