RUSH: We’ve even got a sportswriter today — you know, nobody got voted in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, Clemens, Sammy Sosa were all up, didn’t get in. We all know why. The sportswriters who vote ’em in didn’t want to vote ’em in because of steroids. Now, what does it say about Major League Baseball? You could look at it as a problem or else maybe they’re in the process of solving a problem. But arguably the greatest home run hitter ever, without the asterisk or with it, arguably one of the best pitchers ever, not in the Hall of Fame, and may not be.
But they played. Bonds hit those home runs. He hit those home runs. They happened. But he’s not in the Hall of Fame. Roger Clemens got those outs. He won those games. And Sosa, ditto. I was a little surprised Craig Biggio didn’t get in. Mike Piazza is a great guy. He was not part of the steroid investigation but the scuttlebutt is that he was using, but nobody knows. So there’s some reluctance, even the New York sportswriters write about that today.
This is Ken Rosenthal, and this is yesterday on the MLB network, the Major League Baseball network. This is sort of an illustration of what I’m talking about. It’s not complete. It’s not a hundred percent analogous, but I don’t know the kind of thinking that leads somebody — here’s a guy, blaming the Tea Party is what he does, for the fact that nobody got voted in the Hall of Fame. I’m serious. It’s the Tea Party. And what about the Tea Party? Well, the Tea Party brought partisanship, a great divide to the peoples of this country. And the Tea Party divide has now even wormed its way into baseball. Here’s Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports senior baseball writer, and here’s his take on it.
ROSENTHAL: I will say this about Morris. I don’t vote for him, but the level of discourse against him by certain segments of the sabermetric community right now is over the top. It’s almost a crusade and it’s ridiculous. And one thing that has bothered me at times, some of us, is the polarized view of the world now that has come to pass. And it’s as if the Tea Party has taken over one part of baseball discussion. And that’s not right.
RUSH: I mean, the Tea Party has now been compared to the sabermetrics crowd. You know what sabermetrics is? Bill James, Moneyball. That’s the sabermetrics crowd. Billy Beane, Oakland A’s. And now apparently the way of analyzing players, putting together a team, analyzing their careers, you got the sabermetrics crowd, and then you’ve got the traditional, conventional crowd. It apparently is a big partisan divide, and this is because of the Tea Party. It’s just mind-boggling.