Jim Ed Rice was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Again. For the 14the time.
And it's low-down, god-damned shampooing shame.
Pitchers paid the price when they faced Big Jim Rice back in the day, but for some reason, HoF voters don't seem to get that message.
Rice did it with a true power swing. Not with Vitamin B12 and lidocaine shots in his ass.
The fact he played hurt and perhaps a year too long hurt his career average. His power numbers don't seem as massive due to the recent woebegon steroid era.
But he's a Hall of Famer. And despite my 32.625 years of living and maturing...and in light of in my "Failure to Launch" living situation with my bachelors and masters degrees hanging framed on my wall, I still have my 1978 Sports Illustrated-style Jim Rice poster hanging over my bed.
This blows. Bottom line, plain and simple.
So I hope that Big Jim Ed takes a Ricky Vaughn approach to the HoF selection. I hope he walks into whatever committee room that the HoF folks sit in and pulls something similar to the video below.