I can't be optimistic. I can be hopeful.
Certainly toward the end of the season, you and I could be in a ballpark and they might say the crowd is 30,000, and we could look around and see that there was no more than 10,000.
The economics of baseball are the big problem. The big clubs make a lot of money and the little clubs don't.
The final ballots represent players, managers, executives and builders who are top-tier candidates and worthy of review for consideration for election to the Hall of Fame.
This is a coup for commissioner Bud Selig. I'm surprised it's as good as it is.
It's not in baseball's interest or the players' interest to be taking this stance. It's the people's game.
It was a terrible day for baseball, it was a worse day for Congress.
It's tempting, because as one senator said to me, 'We know if we invite baseball down, we'll draw a crowd'.
I think it would have been a lot better for him to say, I did it and I'm sorry, McGwire was never one to show a lot of emotion on the field, not a player who sought attention and craved to be thought of as a nice guy.
I believe that, too, it's hard to believe that anybody could not believe that.
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