Originally posted by niners4lyfe:
*tears of joy.
Nobody has ever made this much sense on this forum before that I have seen. The fact that Barry was an "a*****e" to the media will be his undoing; however, the media has a way to be "bullies" themselves. (His dad was a victim in that) In that case, I don't care he's an a*****e. No one is talking about Gagne's performance in 04 when he "stole" the cy young award from Schmidt. How about A-Rod? Will he a first ballot hall-of-famer?
Barry is not alone. Clemens may or may not make the HOF even though he was perhaps the best pitcher in the past 25 years. Mark McGwire doesnt get a sniff from the HOF voters even though he is 10th All Time in HRs. Same with Raphael Palmeiro who has 569 Hrs and top 20 all time in HRs and RBI. I think its funny when people say that Barry has been singled out. No, he hasnt. Any big time star during that time that obviously benefited from roids has been hurt in public perception, media perception, and ultimately HOF voting.
Barry was an ass and that may cost him HOF votes but he would be a first ballot HOF for sure without the roids baggage. It wouldnt matter how many people he pissed off.