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The Hawk's Hall of Fame Induction: LIVE!

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No offense to Jon Miller and Joe Maddon, who no doubt are entitled to enjoy their big day (even if Jon Miller DID have Joe Morgan introduce him), but no one really cares about your speeches. In the future, the media guys need to keep their acknowledgements a LOT shorter, because, let's be honest, we're all really here for the players.

Wille Mays hasn't moved for a good 30 minutes, and I think someone should check for a pulse. Right now, Johnny Bench is doing a really, really horrible impersonation of Harry Caray, and no one is singing along with his horrible rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Also, Ozzie Smith and Rod Carew are going to have to work out their wardrobe, because when I see a red suit, I think  "Rod Carew." Now we're watching a video retrospective of Doug Havey. I guess no one wanted to introduce an umpire.

Why is this taking so long?

2:09 pm CT: Selig is reading the inscription on Doug Harvey's plaque. Hank Aaron is wandering around in the background looking for his seat.

2:11 pm CT: Awwwww. Doug Harvey can't give his speech because of throat cancer. We're watching a tape of his acceptance speech taped in the Spring. How sad. Doug tells every umpire "from the Little Leagues, to the big Leagues . . .  this is OUR day. I'm here representing all of you."' That's nice.

2:15 pm CT: So far, Doug Harvey with the best speech by a mile. "How many guys have called a foul on Dr. J and a foul ball on Doc Gooden?"

2:18 pm CT: Julie is now pretty sure she could listen to Doug Harvey tell stories for hours. Too bad they didn't induct him while he could still speak.

2:20 pm CT: Doug Harvey with the best HOF induction speech since I don't know when: "You never know when an opportunity will present itself, and you always have to be ready. Ready to do your best."

2:25 pm CT: Doug Harvey talking about how important it is for everyone in baseball to know the rules, inside and out. Thinking this is also good advice for lawyers.

2:29 pm CT: I'm now officially hoping this Doug Harvey speech never ends. Andre who?

2:32 pm CT: Doug Harvey: Now officially my favorite HOFer. "Just like you need to make sure every player scoring touches home plate, fans of baseball need to make sure to come to Cooperstown , because this is home. And you need to touch home at least once before the game is over. I'll be watching to make sure you do."

2:36 pm CT: Ryno sitting in the first row behind the inductees, on the end. I'm hoping he's sitting where he can get up quickly because he's going to introduce The Hawk!

2:37 pm CT: Okay, now we only have to get through Whitey Herzog (boooo---Cards!) and then we get Andre.

2:47 pm CT:  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

2:50 pm CT: Oh ha. Whitey says Casey Stengel loved him because he played with Buck Herzog and thought Whitey was his grandson. Heee.

2:56 pm CT: Whitey Herzog: "Being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame is like going to heaven before you die.

2:58 pm CT: here we go! all the Cubs fans are on their feet in Cooperstown!

3:00 pm CT: watching a video about Andre

3:03 pm CT: Andre at the podium. Selig reading the inscription on his plaque.

3:05 pm CT: Harlod Reynolds "You're not going to find a more classier guy." Great grammar.

3:06 pm CT: "It's an honor to be inducted on the same group as Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey, though I'm surprised major league baseball let that particular manager an umpire sit so close to each other." 

3:07 pm CT: "We've got a lot of Cubs in this group: Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins. Ryan Sandberg was a teammate of mine for 6 years, and I didn't even know the man could speak until I saw him up here a few years ago. Speaking of the Cubs, thank you Cubs fans for coming all the way out here. No fighting with the Cardinals fans, now, but let's make sure we don't hear from the Cardinals fans for the rest of the day. I see Tom Seaver up here. I saw him at breakfast this morning, too. Tom wanted to make me feel comfortable, so he threw a breakfast roll at my head."

3:11 pm CT: "It bothers me when I hear people knock the game. There's nothing wrong with the game of baseball. Baseball, like anything else in life will, from to time, fall victim to mistakes." Some players have made the wrong choices, and have left that as their legacy. Don't choose the dark side, it's a stain on the game.

3:13 pm CT: Anyone who can hear my voice can be standing here as I am. But you can't get here by disrespecting your parents, your teachers, or your coaches. Love the game, and it will love you back.

3:15 pm CT: Andre thanking his high school coach, who moved him from the infield to the outfied, and his college coach, who gave him a walk-on try out when every other college was scared off by a knee injury. He also thanked his college roommate and Vince Carter, who was nicknamed "Teeths." Thanks Chicago Cubs coach Jose Martinez, Don Zimmer. "I thought I knew every curse word, but Zim made up some new ones." Lee Smith used to take batting practice with my game bats. I'd say 'Smitty, there's a 15-game hit streak in that bat. .  you can't use my game bats for BP.' Smitty would keep walking."

3:10 pm CT: Lee Smith should be sitting up there. Tim Raines should be sitting up there. He was like a brother to me. Shawon Duntston was like a little brother. Funniest guy I ever met, Shawon Dunston. Unfortunately, this is a family show and I can't tell a single Shawon Dunston story.

3:18 Thank you to Expos, Red Sox, and Florida and their fans. "From my heart, thank you Cubs fans. You are a true blessing in my life. I never knew what it felt like to be loved by a city until I arrived in Chicago. And though it wasn't my way to show it, I can't tell you whatit meant to me. You were the reason I kept playing baseball. You were the wind between the Hawk's wind.  . . . In 1987 I was thinking of giving up baseball, or playing in Japan.  had to find a place where baseball was fun again. I found that place in Wrigley Field."

3:24 pm CT: Andre thanks (by name) all his trainers, doctors, and physical therapists in Chicago, Montreal, Florida, and Boston, including the guy who replaced his knees.

3:25 pm CT: To his kids: In the eyes of the world, you may be only two people. But in the eyes of two people, you are the world." Awwww.

3:27 pm CT: My mother dies 4 years ago. She was my mother, father, big sister and best friend, for a very long time. Before she died, she dreamt of this moment, and she promised me it would happen. And mama never, EVER broke a promise to me.

3:29 pm CT: I will never forget that it was my love for the game that propelled me forward and kept my going when times got tought. Never forget that, if you love this game, it will love you back."

Awwwwww. I heart Andre.

The HOF chick reminding us that you can see John Fogerty's baseball bat guitar in the HOF. LOL



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gravedigger said:


awesome julie - thanks

summerguy said:


Doug Harvey... best HOF speech since Ryno... besides Ryno I don't know if there was a better speech.

gravedigger said:


Sandberg's speech was pompous and arrogant

summerguy said:


Agree to disagree.

I think I could listen to Doug Harvey's speech over and over.

cadarnell said:


ryno's was sort of repetitive if I remember .. and got pretty boring ... but I don't remember pompous or arrogant at all

Edelweiss said:

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He sounds too much like one of those televangelists.

Edelweiss said:

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In 2005 Sandberg was given a Communicator of the Year award by the Chicago Area Toastmasters. He gave one of the longest and most boring acceptance speeches I have ever heard, but his son, who was about 10 at the time, stole the show. I know Sandberg is a fan favorite, but he is too full of himself (sort of a Ryan Theriot with talent), to manage a team towards a championship. Remember, winning in the minors is not as important as developing talent. We would do better with Brenley.

JulieDiCaro said:


I liked Doug's way better than Ryno's.

summerguy said:


I think because it was a Cub is why I liked Ryno's so much. But yeah Doug's was absolutely great. I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a bit at the end.

gravedigger said:


What else do you expect from Harold the Groper?

JulieDiCaro said:


seeing as how his job is on tv, proper grammer would be nice.

MillsChC said:


Not 100% sure if this, and your line running down Reynolds, was sarcasm... or a genuine lack of spelling skills on your part.

Either way I laughed.

JulieDiCaro said:


Hey--the piece I wrote for lemondrop.com is on their front page: http://tinyurl.com/27kg7ak


sloan peterson said:

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Loved the post! As the youngest in a family where everyone lived and breathed sports, it felt weird to find out that in the workworld not everyone knew/cared about baseball,football,etc. Now where I have worked for the last 15 years (employee retirement plan) about 60% of my female coworkers either played sports, coach, or have kids in sports. Lots of Lakers, Cowboys,Kings,posters in cubicles. So the fact that I have 8 reasons why baseball is better than say,basketball is not unusual anymore. That's why I like LOHO....

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