Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The newest Hall of Fame controversy

In light of the most recent Hall of Fame election, and the controversy that surrounds it, and pretty much all of them, a new controversy has come. The question? A simple one:

For executing the best play in the history of baseball, should Rick Monday be elected into the Hall of Fame?

Having grown up a military brat, and spent the majority of my adult life in the Army, I'll for acts of patriotism. I think what Monday did that day was pretty awesome. To me, he deserves a lot of credit for his actions. And I'm not making fun of this question. I take things like this very seriously. But I just don't see Monday making it to the Hall for this act.

Maybe recognition from the Hall with some kind of exhibit, but I'm not even sure if that is appropriate or not. It was something done by a baseball player, but isn't really a baseball-related event. Of course, baseball and patriotism have always gone hand in hand. So it wouldn't be out of line, added to an exhibit of all players who have served in the military, or something along that lines. But membership in the Hall? No, no chance.

Fortunately, most of the commentators subscribe to the common sense theory and suggest an exhibit (if that's even appropriate), but no Hall election.

1 comment:

tHeMARksMiTh said...

Yeah, I'd certainly put in an exhibit for the players who participated in any of the wars. As for Monday getting in, I don't think he should for grabbing the flag. While heroic and admirable, it doesn't really warrant his election into the Hall. A nice picture and card explaining (maybe even the video) would be just fine, though.