Friday, February 17-2012-
I don't know what a photobomb is, but this is funny. Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship, "I saw some others holding up signs of players or celebrities and I thought it might be funny to make one of myself. The face I'm making is an inside joke between me and some of my high school friends." Not surprisingly, Blankenship aspires to be a comedian. Pretty good start.
From the "Andy mis-remembered" File: Making an appearance on The Tonight Show, pimping his highly acclaimed new game" Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning" from the video-game company he created and owns, 38 Studios, Curt Schilling was asked to comment on the Hall of Fame candidacy of a few key individuals, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens chief among the conspicuous.
Without mentioning specific names, schilling opined that the subject was a "slippery slope" but that any records incurred while using PED's should be stricken. Acknowledging that there are, "many different people with different opinions." Schilling suggests that while the Hall of Fame is not pure, "if character, morals, and ethics don't matter, then I'm not sure what it stands for."
Excellent points on a difficult topic from a man whose name will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot soon. As the subject of the Hall of Fame pertains to these three specifically, each player stands in his own light that most fans, especially those not aligned with San Francisco or Chicago, agree on.
Bonds would have been a Hall of Fame player without drugs. A legitimate 4-tool player (no arm and can't subtract for character) Bonds was destined to be remembered as an all-time great before being revered by the Bay Area was just not enough for his fragile psyche.
Sammy Sosa was an average journeyman before steroids. It is doubtful he would have remained in MLB long enough to draw a pension if not for chemical enhancement. Sosa was however, knowledgeable, clever, or intuitive about swing tinkering combined with drug use. Adding more uppercut to his swing each year, testing the very limits of mechanics, while drugs and strict weight training made his swing more powerful transforming warning track outs into home runs.
Clemens is polarizing. Many can look to his time in Boston and and see where he began what seemed to be the natural aging progression of an above-average pitcher that had won his place in Red Sox history after a 13 year. Probably not a Hall-of-Famer but in the conversation.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the SkyDome. Clemens first year as Blue Jay, at the age of 34, was overall the best season he had ever had. Tied for the second most wins in a season, (21) second best ERA he'd ever posted (2.05) the second most innings (264) and the most K's he'd ever had (292). Safe to say the Red Sox front office did not see that coming. Or anything even close.
Clemens would continue pitching for ten years after he was obviously done. The real question with Clemens is this: Are his Boston stats (13 years, 192 W's 111 L's 3.08 ERA 2590 K)enough to gain him Hall of Fame status?