Oh, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

UPDATE [2007-2-27 16:03:24 by Al]: Changed the title. Seemed somehow more appropriate.

The title of this post was "Keep Your Fingers Crossed, You Cubs Fans." Remember when Jack Brickhouse would say that, just before a tense bottom of the ninth?

With any luck, the title, photo and content of this post will change for the positive this afternoon.

As luck would have it for me, I have to stay late at work today, so I'll be away from the computer when the Veterans Committee HoF announcement is made at 1 pm CT today. So, help yourselves to discuss Ron Santo here all day. I'll weigh in when I get back.

UPDATE [2007-2-27 14:02:30 by Al]: Here's the bad news from the Cubs website -- if you haven't yet heard, Ron missed by five votes. You've all said it quite well in the comments, but I will simply add this: I think anyone on that committee who didn't vote for Santo should be immediately kicked out of the Hall.

UPDATE [2007-2-27 14:25:37 by Al]: You can send your comments directly to the Veterans Committee on this comment form. Here's what I wrote:

Your snub of Ron Santo is, in a word, appalling.

The man is one of the five best third basemen in baseball history. He is a tireless ambassador for the game, and his passion for baseball shows through on every broadcast he makes. He accomplished his feats on the diamond while suffering from a debilitating disease which can kill, and has had further health problems after his retirement from baseball which have cost him both his legs, all of which he has endured with unfailing good humor.

Any of you who did not vote for him ought to be ashamed of yourselves. The Hall of Fame is diminished in my eyes today.

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