Cooperstown In Haiku: Santo Gets In A Year Too Late

 Cooperstown In Haiku: Santo Gets In A Year Too Late
(Chicago Tribune Photo By Scott Strazzante)

Finally, he's in
I hope there's an afterlife
So Ronnie will know


Yes, it's the right thing
Should have happened long ago
Hall of Fame? Ashamed


In a move many Cubs fans will consider to be too little, too late, the Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee has finally decided that Ron Santo should be immortalized among baseball's greatest players.  Ron was the only player to get enough votes (he received 15 of 16 votes and needed 12 to be inducted).

As @Aisle424 tweeted shortly after the announcement - "Who is the one asshole?"


When the Cubs legend died almost exactly a year ago, it was particularly depressing that he still hadn't been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the most heart breaking scenes in the great documentary This Old Cub was Ron waiting for the call from the Hall of Fame, certain that this was going to be the year.  That was 2003 - he would be rejected again in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

After Ronnie's death, I came across one man's suggestion for the speech Jeff Santo should give  upon his dad's induction into the Hall of Fame.  Jeff will probably be more gracious that the author suggests, but in light of today's belated announcement, it's worth another look.

Better late than never, I suppose. But this should have happened a long time ago.



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  • Of course Ronnie knows.
    On the diamond of heaven
    He's clicking his heels.

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