Hank gets tough (and what about that Maddux retirement ceremony)

“You put these guys in, put an asterisk beside their names,” Aaron told a handful of baseball writers as Hall of Famers gathered for Sunday’s induction. “To be safe, that’s the only way I see you can do it. I played the game long enough to know it is impossible for players, I don’t care who it is, to hit 70-plus home runs. It just does not happen.”

I doubt asterisk inductions will ever happen, but it’s good to hear the Hammer finally speak out on the issue.

Speaking of the all-time home run leader, did anyone else find it strange that he appeared at the unveiling of the new Coke bottle but not at Mad Dog’s number retirement ceremony one night later?

There’s something unseemly about Hank showing up to hawk a product but not to salute a fellow Braves legend.

I’m not suggesting any kind of beef with Maddux, and I’m sure a scheduling conflict was at play. Still, I was disappointed.


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4 Comments on Hank gets tough (and what about that Maddux retirement ceremony)

  1. rankin' rob // July 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm //

    Hank seemed more willing to take a stand when he was surrounded by a number of his ‘clean’ HOF colleagues, making a statement about a larger group. He was much more uncomfortable taking on Bonds when his record was being broken for a number of reasons, race probably being one of them.

    Henderson and Rice into Cooperstown today, both outstanding choices. It’s a shame Rice didn’t go in sooner. He obviously didn’t suck up to enough East Coast writers. Henderson is clearly one of the greatest players ever. I caught part of his speech on radio, and he seemed somewhat humble for the first time I could remember.

    Tony Kubek? WTF? These hacks will put John Sterling in some day, just watch.

  2. PepeFreeUs // July 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm //

    The Kubek thing is intolerable. He and Garagiola almost strangled my nascent interest in Baseball when I was a mere lad.

    Rice is also a SABR whipping boy. I doubt that cost him as much as his generaly grouchy nature, but it might have mixed in.

    As for Hank, I think he just didn’t want to look like a bitter old guy when Boinds was chasing him. History seems to have rendered it’s verdict, at least it’s initial one, and he looks better than ever.

  3. I too was surprised to not see Hank at Maddux’s ceremony. As they panned over many other Braves HOF’rs, I fully expected to see Hank sitting there in a dull gray suit and bland tie. And given Maddux’s incredible (and clean) record, you’d think Hank would be the first to line up to shake his hand. If, as you noted, his absence was due to a “scheduling conflict” ala Tommy G, then a PR announcement would have been appropriate.

  4. PepeFreeUs // July 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm //

    I didn’t mean to spell Bonds’ name that way, but anyone who wants to use it should feel free.

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