For those who aren’t fans of Baseball, the title of this blog will mean nothing to you, but for me, and avid Boston RedSox fan, the news gave me some mixed emotions. While I’m stoked that a player I idolised when he was a huge part of the 2004, 2007 and 2013 RedSox world series wins, including a world series MVP in the 2013 title. But there have been some serious questions raised about potential steroid use by the Big man however it has never been proven so I’m not sure how to feel about it.
The Hal of Fame is not as prestigious as it used to be. Over the past few years, those who vote players into the Hall have politicised the whole voting process. There is no better evidence of this than the baseball writer’s refusal to vote RedSox legend and certain Hall of Famer in almost every baseball fans eyes Kurt Schilling. His numbers prove hes a Hall of famer and yet because of some questionable social media posts where he wore a shirt that depicted an assembly kit for a journalist to hang themselves and a WW2 memorabilia collection that contains some Nazi memorabilia, the baseball writers refuse to allow him into the HoF. The constant rejection led to Schilling this year telling the voters to not vote for him this year and boy did they listen.
But for Papi, to be a first ballot Hall of Famer is well deserved. He was one of the most clutch batters at the plate in big moments Ive seen play for the RedSox or in the MLB during my fandom. I still remember some of his key at Bats during the 2013 World Series, including the 2 home runs in games 1 and 2. He did it all while nursing a heel/foot injury that had plagued him much of the season, but managed it well enough to still be a huge reason why we won the series 4-2.
No, I don’t want to put Papi’s name in the same conversation as the likes of noted steroid users like Bonds, McGuire, and Alex Rodriguez, but there are a lot of people in the media who still question the validity of his “passed” drug test results. The one thing in Ortiz’s favour is that when you look at his stats year by year, in particular from 2009 to when he retired in 2016, there is no dramatic rise in his numbers that is common when you look at the other known Steroid users. Not to mention his size never really changed over those years, he was always a bigger dude and never got bigger, or more muscle definition, he always looked the same.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that the likes of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and Alex Rodriguez should all be in the Hall of Fame, despite their steroid use. What they did for the game in the 90’s and early 2000’s was incredible. Baseball has never been as big on a global stage as it was in the 90’s, so was it really that bad that some of the biggest names were cheating? The same could be said about Pete Rose, yes, he was caught illegally gambling on Baseball games his teams were playing in, but its not like he ever bet against his Reds team, he always bet on them to win. To me that just shows confidence in you team.
Big Papi finished his career with 2472 hits of which 541 were home runs bringing in a total of 1768 rbi’s. Incredible stats from an unbelievable legend. A much-deserved 1st Ballot Hall of Famer although only accruing 77.9% of the vote to get him in by 2.9%, clearly the questions about steroid use may have swayed some of the self-righteous Baseball Writers to not vote for him this year. But there can be no doubt, Big Papi David Ortiz IS a Baseball Hall of Famer. Congrats Big Papi, Ill be wearing this when you get inducted!