COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — No event in sports brings a stronger sense of closure than a hall of fame induction. When a player, manager, or executive steps to the podium to deliver his speech, it’s often the last major public act he’ll perform in that sport.
Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions brought more closure, more finality than any in years… maybe decades.
Sportsnet’s Jonah Keri sits down with former Montreal Expo and Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines to discuss his baseball journey as he prepares to finally enter Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, NY — Every once in a great while, we hear something that takes our breath away. For Tim Raines, that moment happened on a recent Wednesday morning in Cooperstown.
Erik Strohl, vice president of exhibitions and collections for the Baseball Hall of Fame, had just led Raines, his wife Shannon, his six-year-old twin daughters Ava and Amelie, Raines’ agent and good friend Randy Grossman, and two Canadian writers on a tour of the Hall.
The first time I ever walked into a Major League Baseball stadium was August 1, 1982. I was 7 years old. My grandfather, Elek Keri, took me there.
Olympic Stadium was weird and unique for many reasons. Every sign, every hot dog stand, every player introduction was bilingual — French and English, just like the city of Montreal.
To: Baseball Hall of Fame Voters
Re: Tim Raines
From: Jonah Keri
Hello BBWAA voter! I hope this letter finds you well.
I’m writing today on behalf of Tim Raines’ candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Since you didn’t vote for Raines on last year’s ballot, I would like to take a few moments to make the case for him this year, in the hopes that you’ll consider voting for him this time around.