The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame class will consist of one man: David Ortiz.
Well, technically, he'll join Golden Days Era Committee inductees Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva and Early Baseball Era Committee inductees Bud Fowler and Buck O'Neil. With 77.9% of the vote, Ortiz was the only player who received the necessary 75% threshold and became just the 58th first-ballot Hall of Famer in the process.
It's hard to grasp that he's already eligible, forget elected. Even though the last two years have felt like 20, 2016 was one of the best years of my life and doesn't feel that long ago. It's crazy someone I blogged about my rookie year is going to the Hall.
Following Big Papi's final season (and Mookie's breakout) made that one of my favorite Red Sox teams. I was lucky enough to attend his last regular-season game with my mom (which ended up being a real stinker).
Despite my current rocky relationship with the Sox, nothing can take away the moments and memories. No amount of disdain for John Henry can destroy my love and admiration for David Ortiz.
There will be plenty of time to gush over Papi's accolades in the upcoming months (especially if there's no season!), but I think I did a decent job reflecting upon. them in 2016 (minus some pre-grammarly era typos).
I really do hate to take awake from such fantastic news, but I can't help but dwell on how ridiculous it is that David Ortiz is going into Cooperstone alone. Even Papi agrees it's insane that two of the greatest players in baseball history are getting iced out by a bunch of self-righteous sportswriters.
Much like the Grammys, I've realized how big of joke establishments I used to revere are with age. I love David Ortiz and think his career was worthy of first-ballot recognition. He's the greatest DH in MLB history and the most important player in Red Sox history. Buuuut, let's address the elephant in the room. My dude tested positive for roids in 2003 and didn't play the field in 84.2% of his major league games. I don't think either of those facts should be held against him, but how is Papi gonna make it on the first ballot when Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, and Barry Lamar Bonds can't get in after a decade?
Despite that Dozie Downer-ness, I am ecstatic for Big Papi. Incredibly, he's still with us; let's not forget what happened in 2019. Those were scary times, but David's recovered and is crushing it as a tv personality. The most clutch hitter of all time is going to Cooperstown, and that's a fantastic thing, but he should be joining a seven-time MVP, seven-time Cy Young winner, and a pitcher he won two rings with (Curt's not a juice guy, just a dick. He should be in). The Baseball Hall of Fame is a museum to honor the great game, and excluding all-timers who did steroids because they were abrasive while including a DH who appeared on that 2003 list is shameful. Congrats Papi! I'm sorry the BBWAA had to upstage your 2nd most outstanding career achievement after 2004.