TEMPE, Ariz. — Good morning all. Today is my last day touring around the Cactus League. I’ve been to seven games in seven days and today comes number eight. I’ll be way the heck over in Surprise to visit the Kansas City Royals camp and to catch their game against the Indians. Joe Posanski wrote about the Royals and their uneventful camp last week. Here’s hoping it’s more eventful on this Monday morning.
All the people around here complain about going to Surprise because it’s so far, but it’s about the same drive as it is from Tigers camp to Yankees camp in Florida. There are way worse drives in the Grapefruit League. And no one is gonna listen to you moan about driving far to go see baseball.
I didn’t post about it yesterday, but on Sunday I took in the Cubs-Reds at Sloan Park. Nothing terribly notable about that game or day in camp apart from the fact that it was a two-hour, fourteen minute game. Travis Wood and Johnny Cueto weren’t messing around. And nothin’ but a crushed ball by Chris Denorfia really happened. Everyone else presumably had 4pm tee times.
On the personal tourist side I did do two cool things this weekend. On Saturday I went to Taliesin West, which is Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and remains an architecture school. I took a bunch of pictures of that. It was cool.
On Sunday before the Cubs game I climbed Camelback Mountain, mostly because I am a crazy person. It was fun too. And again, something you can’t really do in Florida. You can have your beaches. I’d prefer some topography.
Oh well, that’s that. I’ll be posting from Royals camp later today.
I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.
While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.
There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.
Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.
Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice. And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.