| I haven't talked much about the Baseball Hall of Fame here because I wrote a column about it. A shockingly average place, hurt by its being placed atop the highest pedestal after years and years of hearing how wonderful it is. Did we stay for something like five hours? Yes. Did I, an hour in, check my watch as I looked at another case full of cleats? You bet.|
My brother's a Marlins fan. They've won two World Series, and been a franchise -- albeit, not a great one -- for going on 15 years. Is it too much to expect I should be able to find a souvenir for him somewhere in the gift shop? I believe my options were a generic cap and beer steins commemorating each title.
If you knew nothing about baseball and went to Cooperstown, you might think the league still had 12 teams: Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs, etc.
Just strikes me as a little strange.
I'd like to think the crux of my piece was that you don't really connect to the sport at the Hall of Fame. You don't touch a bat. You can't throw a ball. Everything's under glass. There's a depressing lack of video and audio.
It all reeks of baseball's fascination with its own history. Contrast that with the National Soccer Hall of Fame, just 20 miles down the road.