My dream: Elton John teams up with a rich Atlantan (say Sara Blakely, the billionaire who founded Spanx) and buys the Bravos.
He’s no superficial fan. In this series of clips, from 2007, Elton bitches about the best-of-five division playoff, disses the DH, compares B-Mac to Johnny Bench, quizzes JS about Leo Mazzone’s departure and asks Knucksie about his nephew Lance.
He even gets JS to admit a mistake when he asks: “Why did we get rid of Jermaine Dye?”
Think of it: A baseball fan who’s loved the Braves as long as, if not longer, than most of us running the show. Bet he’d get rid of that godawful country pop shit they play between innings, too.
I had been a little unclear as to who was eligible when so thanks to DOB for clearing it up.
Not only will Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine surely be first-ballot inductees that July day at Cooperstown, but going in alongside the pair of 300-game winners could be their former Braves manager Bobby Cox.
And here’s one that a lot of folks might not have thought about: longtime Braves GM John Schuerholz could also be enshrined that year, which would be quite an aligning of stars for the Braves and their fans, who’s certainly flock to Cooperstown in droves for that happening.
JS will also be on the Veterans Committee ballot, along with Bobby, starting in 2013. Both will be eligible for the first time in 2014, along with Torre and LaRussa. The veterans committee can only induct four at a time, so JS’ biggest competition will come from Lou Piniella, suggests DOB. Smoltz will be eligible the following year.