Selective Morality

A group of us visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in the picturesque town of Cooperstown this past Saturday. It was a long day but well worth the excursion as avid sports fans.

Among the varied topics of discussion was, inevitably, the fact Pete Rose hasn't been inducted because of his connections to gambling while he was in the Major Leagues. Rose lied sure but the Hall is not a place to judge morality or else a good bunch of those players would not be in starting with Ty Cobb.

As a baseball player, Rose (or Bonds or McGwire for that matter) belong in the Hall. You can but judge them on their play on the field. With Rose, I recognize he gambled and broke a basic trust covenant between him, the fans and the game. However, at some point the Crusade gives the sense of misplaced self-righteousness.

We seem unwilling to pass Rose a moment of forgiveness. It would help if he would, you know, admit to it though.

Regardless, I would love to see the standards we're stamping on Rose applied to politicians. Apparently, a politician's private or past record can't be used against them. It never seems to keep them from getting elected to public office.

Enough already. Point made.

Now reserve some of that selective morality for our politicians.

And another thing. Induct Tim Raines you boobs!

1 comment:

  1. Pete Rose should have been inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame.
    On the same note: As for his illicit activities he should have had the book thrown at him. 10 years or so.
    That way: He's rewarded for what he contributed to society, but also punished for his wrongdoings.
    I was always of the opinion that they got it wrong in his case.


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