Joe Morgan’s Clutch Letter To Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame Voters is one for the ages (see https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/crjlm/letter.pdf; retrieved on 11-22-17). Here is an excerpt: “But it still occurs to me that anyone who took body-altering chemicals in a deliberate effort to cheat the game we love, not to mention they cheated current and former players, and fans too, doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. By cheating, they put up huge numbers, and they made great players who didn’t cheat look smaller by comparison, taking away from their achievements and consideration for the Hall of Fame. That’s not right”.
Here is another excerpt: “Steroid users knew they were taking a drug that physically improved how they played. Taking steroids is a decision. It’s the deliberate act of using chemistry to change how hard you hit and throw by changing what your body is made of.”
If steroid users enter the Baseball Hall Of Fame I believe many will be figuratively asking : “Say it ain’t so, Joe….Say it isn’t so, Joe…”
And that poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (“Casey at the Bat”) which ended the following way may well signal the future course of baseball :
"The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate, He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate; And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go, And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow. Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright, The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout, But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out."
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