MLB Hall of Fame Induction 2012: 10 Players Whose Speeches Would Be Hilarious
Being inducted into Cooperstown is an incredibly special moment, so it should come as no surprise that the players going into the Hall give eloquent, well-prepared speeches.
However, it is also true that baseball is a very fun game and there are a number of players with outstanding personalities. It would be interesting to listen to a speech that is on the softer side.
There are a number of players who could give hilarious induction speeches, but the problem is that they will likely never be Hall of Famers.
Anyone who has ever read Jose Canseco's Twitter will understand why a Hall of Fame speech from the former Bash Bro would be hilarious.
Canseco seems to be wrapped up in his own world, and it would be great if we could get a bigger glimpse inside of it. If given the opportunity to make a Hall of Fame speech, Canseco may even throw a shout-out to the aliens that briefly deleted his Twitter account.
Unfortunately, there is no chance that Canseco will get the opportunity to give a speech at Cooperstown.
In one simple tweet, Brandon McCarthy showed both that he is hilarious and that he also has never taken steroids. While performance enhancers won't keep him out of the Hall of Fame, McCarthy's statistics most likely will.
The Oakland Athletics starter is hands down one of the funniest players in all of baseball. People should be willing to pay to listen to McCarthy speak if he is every able to give a speech at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Brian Wilson is certainly one of the more unique players in baseball. He is able to stand out because of his beard and his quirky personality.
If Wilson were to give a Hall of Fame speech, it would most likely deviate from the traditional type of speech that is given by players entering the Hall.
Hernandez has a shot at reaching the Hall of Fame. He is one of the best pitchers in the game right now, and he will be well over 100 career wins by the time he turns 30. Hernandez should crack at least one or two jokes in his Hall of Fame speech if he gets to give it.
If Brett Myers was able to get then-Philadelphia Phillies assistant GM Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel to convince Kyle Kendrick that he was traded to Japan, then he would certainly be able to give a hilarious Hall of Fame speech.
The Hall of Fame likely will not be calling for Myers, but it would be a must-see event if Myers was given the chance to speak.
It would be interesting to see who showed up at the Hall of Fame if Nyjer Morgan was invited to give a speech. It could be Morgan or he could come as his alter ego, Tony Plush.
Morgan has come off as a fun-loving guy during his career in the major leagues. He would certainly have a lot to say if he was given a stage to talk on.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, which means that we will get to hear a speech from him in 2016.
Junior has always been "The Kid" and has had a great sense of humor. After Junior lost a bet for a steak dinner to his Seattle Mariners manager Lou Pinella, Griffey put a cow in Pinella's office to pay up (h/t The Seattle Times).
Griffey Jr. will likely not be afraid to tell some jokes during his Hall of Fame speech.
Teams need a player who can keep things light during a tough stretch of the season. Tim Hudson has been that player for most of his career. He once jumped out of a closet in a Scream mask to scare teammate Eddie Perez.
Hudson is one of the funniest and most well-liked teammates in all of baseball. He has an outside chance at making the Hall of Fame, and if he is given the opportunity to speak, Hudson will likely give a speech that will not be forgotten for a while.
Bryce Harper's career has just started, and it is way too early to talk about his chances of actually reaching the Hall of Fame.
Harper's ego and reputation proceeded him to the majors, but he has demonstrated a lot of maturity in the big leagues. That does not mean that Harper does not know how to have fun.
Moments like Harper's "That's a clown question, bro" response to a reporter's question shows Harper knows a thing or two about humor.
There will be a debate as to if David Ortiz belongs in the Hall of Fame after his career ends, but it is likely that if Ortiz does get enshrined in Cooperstown that he will give a funny speech.
Ortiz seemingly always has a smile on his face, and he constantly looks like he's having fun. In the past, Ortiz has demonstrated his humor in a This is SportsCenter commercial.