It's a rare columnist that can cite such diverse and deep thinkers as Einstein, Emerson and Goose Gossage to arrive at a cutting and insightful commentary on what the writer believes is the illogical voting practices for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A snippet:
If Gossage commanded only 33 percent of the votes when he first appeared on the Cooperstown ballot in 2000, what has he done since then to account for his sharply escalating support within the Baseball Writers' Association of America?
The Goose hasn't been in a ballgame since Aug. 8, 1994. He hasn't cured cancer or brought peace to the Middle East. Granted, neither has he poisoned the world with his hamburgers – a charge Gossage once leveled at former Padres owner Joan Kroc – but a man only gets so much credit for eschewing genocide.
More than an entertaining column, this is an illuminating column.
And that's even before the writer gets "hobgoblin" in a sports article.