by Dennis Rizzo
Hall of Fame Honors for The Hawk: Where Do I Sign?
Andre Dawson was recently voted into the MLB Hall of Fame. Good for him. A really good ballplayer who appeared not to be on steroids (note: Mark McGwire garnered a whopping total of 23.7% of eligible votes…..see more on Big Mac below). When I think about Dawson, what comes to mind was his free agency year in 1987. The Expos did not want to pay up and apparently, due to the owner’s collusion, no other team was interested. He meets with the Cubs and tells them to hand him (Dawson) a blank contract! He signs it and tells the Cubs to fill in the amount later. I seriously doubt Scott Boras would let that happen today. Dawson went on to bash 49 HR’s and take the MVP that year.
This Just In- Belly Full of Steroids?
Mark McGwire admits to steroid use “on and off for 10 years.” Don’t know about you, but when his neck got to be the size of Buddha’s stomach, I didn’t need a Congressional panel to figure out that he was juicing.
David Segui’s Family Hands Him a Hall of Fame Vote
Kevin Appier, Pat Hentgen and David Segui each secured one vote this year. Appier was a solid starter and Pat Hentgen won the 1996 Cy Young Award but why the hell is Segui’s name there?! He must have a sportswriter relative somewhere in this great country.
Red Sox Road to Nowhere
Mike Cameron and John Lackey signed with the Red Slobs. Lackey should get hurt as a fly ball pitcher in that park and Cameron is very capable of striking out with abandon in all parks.
Straight Out of Left Field
Many people consider drugs a large sports issue and it should be. But the main issue about drugs is that the pain is self-inflicted. Guns on the other hand, generally hurt, mutilate and kill others. Gilbert Arenas and his friendly teammate, Javaris Crittenten brought their firearms to the workplace recently to settle a sports debt. Nice guys, huh? Let’s hope they get several decades in a state penitentiary. Twenty years ago, they’d be part of a team called the Baltimore Bullets (whose name changed due to the negative connotation it put on the city). They’re joined on the list by several noted gun-toting folks: Scotty Pippen, Plaxico Burress, Ben Johnson, the former Net Jayson Williams, Willie Mays Aikens, Cesar Cedeno, Ruben “Hurricane” Carter and many other Emmy Award winners who committed crimes without the use of a gun.