I found myself amazed when the Hall Of Fame announcement came in today that Barry Larkin got voted in. I knew he would but still found myself fist pumping and screaming in joy when the announcement came out. I remember watching Barry Larkin playing and how amazing of a player he was on and off the field. A lot of childhood memories came back today and it was a lot of fun.
Now that all is said and done I find myself a bigger fan of baseball then I was earlier today. A player like Barry Larkin got more votes over some players that in my time were “Gods” in the eyes of some of my fellow fans. I might have to explain a bit before I go on, I grew up mostly in the steroid era of baseball when many players used or were “accused” of using PEDs. I remember most of these players before they used and saw what happened after, so to see Barry Larkin get voted in today brought on a great enjoyment for the sport all over again. A pure player like Barry Larkin beat out these players that had an “edge” over the rest. A great day for baseball!
Larkin was a great player to watch play the game and I wish there were more players like him today. Cincinnati Reds now have something to build on before they even start the 2012 season and I really hope this gives them the boost they need to win over 100 games.
Watching Eric Davis talk about his fellow team-mate get into the Hall of Fame was amazing. The thing that really got me happy to be a Reds fan though was when Sean Casey came on to talk about it. In that short period of time that he talked He was not a former baseball player who played with Larkin, he was a fan just like you and I and it was “awesome!”
The Reds are far from over with getting players into the Hall Of Fame. There are many on the team right now that will one day share the same honor Barry Larkin did today and I can’t wait to see what is said by their peers and fans.
So once again, congratulations to Barry Larkin. I have always been a huge fan and what you did on the field in a “tainted” time is a big reason I became a Cincinnati Reds fan in the first place. You, truly deserve to be there.