The Hall of Fame Game
First off I want to announce that I am officially changing the name of my Blog from “Yakkin’ about the Yankees” to “Yankee Yapping.”
Not long after I published my first entry I discovered that the title “Yakkin’ about the Yankees” was already in use, and I want my own identity, so the title has been changed.
But the next edition of “Yankee Yapping” will come Monday, July 13.
Today I am writing about something I feel strongly about, and it’s the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Game.
The MLB Hall of Fame Game has been played every year since 1939–the year of baseball’s centennial celebration and the opening of the Hall of Fame.
But after 2008, the powers that be decided that this tradition will no longer be a part of baseball because it “creates a challenging scheduling problem.”
Now granted there might be a legitimate beef with scheduling; I mean the players have to travel to Cooperstown to play the game at Doubleday Field, but get a grip. Baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, and Honus Wagner have stepped foot on that field. It should be an honor to compete on those sacred grounds.
In the earlier days the game was scheduled on Hall of Fame induction weekend, but was later moved to May and June to better suit the teams’ schedules. So if they already made it to fit the teams’ schedules, why did they do away with it altogether?
It seems awfully strange to me that it was just cancelled, and I feel it is an important part of history. They say Doubleday Field is the “birthplace of baseball,” and when I took a trip to Cooperstown with my dad in 2007, I’d believe it. I witnessed first hand how historic the field really is and how important baseball is to that upstate New York town.
The Hall of Fame Game may have changed a little over the years, as it began as a sort of old timer’s game and then became a Major League exhibition, but it’s disgraceful how they just abruptly ended it.
And the annual contest didn’t even end on a solid note.
On June 16, 2008, the final Hall of Fame Game was supposed to be played between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately rain ruined the afternoon, and they never did play what was supposed to be an ultimate, historic game.
So the final Hall of Fame game wound up being on May 21, 2007, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 13-7.
It’s sad to see such an important part of history just die because of scheduling problems. I feel it’s a grave injustice to the game and an unfortunate loss to our history.
There are three games in my mind that should always be a part of Major League Baseball.
Number one is of course the World Series. We wouldn’t be here if there was not a championship to chase.
Number two is the All-Star Game. There’s nothing like watching the best-of-the-best on the field at the same time and it has become a tradition, like the World Series. In fact, recently the All Star Game has become the deciding factor on which team gets home-field advantage in World Series.
And last but never the least is the Hall of Fame Game. It has such a rich history, and again–it carries on a tradition. Every team has participated in the Hall of Fame Game except the Washington Nationals. That tells you how historic it is.
Now that the Hall of Fame Game is gone, MLB decided to piece together the “Hall of Fame Classic,” a game to be played every father’s day weekend in Cooperstown featuring retired players and Hall of Famers.
I guess it’s a good idea, but it won’t be the same as having the current MLB teams play in the Hall of Fame Game.
The fact remains that a part of history has been snatched away from the passionate baseball fans, like a centerfielder robbing a home run in a close game.