Anyone tired of this dude yet? Haven't we heard enough from the man who got into the Hall of Fame on his last try? Talk about a charity case.
But what really gives me the red ass is Jim Rice, in all of his arrogance, can sit there and tell a bunch of little-league kids, "You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod, you see Jeter. Guys that I played against and with, these guys you’re talking about cannot compare."
That's right Jim. You "cannot compare" because the guys you played with and against aren't nearly as good as the players today (steroids or not). You know what I would say to him? "You see a Jim Rice, you see a Gary Carter. Guys that shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame but they are. These guys don't deserve to be in a class of elite players."
Then Rice went on to say, "We didn’t have the baggy uniforms. We didn’t have the dreadlocks. It was a clean game, and now they’re setting a bad example for the young guys."
And, of course, dreadlocks has a lot to do with a player's ability. Vlad Guerrero and Manny Ramirez stink because of their hairstyle. Manny stinks even more because of his baggy uniform as well as Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Jonathan Broxton and David Ortiz.
These guys wear baggy clothes because a) it's more comfortable and they can, and b) these guys weigh a lot and maybe they can't fit into a tight uniform. What the hell does a uniform have to do with anything? Is he insinuating that it's easier for a player to perform in baggy clothes?
When Rice got the call from Cooperstown, I remember watching him on teleivision explain how the players in "his day" didn't have all the luxuries that players have today. Well, guess what dude? Guys like Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, and DiMaggio had it tougher than you did.
Many of the old-school players had separate jobs in the offseason because they didn't make enough money playing professional ball. And the medical attention those guys received was far inferior to what Rice and his peers received.
In case you're wondering who Jim Rice shared the stage with during his induction, I'll give you two stats that might give you a hint. 1,406 career stolen bases and 130 stolen bases in a single season. Both of which are all-time records, I might add.
Rickey Henderson, the "Man of Steal," had to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Jim Rice? How do you think Rickey feels about that? I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but dammit I want answers.
How could anyone agree that Jim Rice is a great player? Was he a good player? Absolutely and he was one of the best sluggers in baseball for a while, but should his name be next to Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Carl Yazstremski, or Ted Williams?
That's another thing. How many Boston fans include Jim Rice in the Mt. Rushmore of great Red Sox players? Forget steroids and all the controversy for a second. Here are the greatest Red Sox of all-time: Ted Williams, Carl Yazstremski, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez, and Pedro Martinez. Alright, I'll throw in David Ortiz because he's had a lot of great years in Boston and he was clutch for them in the postseason runs.
A career .298 batting average, 382 home runs, 1,451 RBI, 373 doubles, 2,452 hits and an .854 OPS. Those numbers are good, but let me run through some players who shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame who had more impressive careers than Rice: Jeff Kent, Jason Giambi, Larry Walker, Juan Gonzalez and Jeff Bagwell.
I've heard a lot of people argue that Rice would've had more home runs if he didn't play at Fenway. Well, being a right-handed hitter, maybe his doubles and batting average would've dipped if he didn't have the Green Monster.