Monday, January 12, 2009

Jim Rice Finally Gets His Due

It's way overdue, but finally-- FINALLY!!!-- Jim Rice has been given his due. Today, on the last possible day he was eligible, Rice was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rice was Boston's power-hitter during a golden age that most likely means little to those who were not faithful during the 70s and 80s. These were great years, but hard years for fans. It was an age of Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, and Pudge Fisk, true gentlemen of the game. Jim Rice was one of the greats in a time when stats were not a product of steroids. He led the American League in homers three times, hit 300 or better seven times, and was an All-Star eight times. He is the only player in history to post three straight seasons of 35-plus home runs and 200-plus hits. He finished his career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs, all without chemical enhancement, and with a grace and dignity too often absent today.

Way to go, Jim! We'll lift one at the Cask and Flagon for you tonight!

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