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So you're probably waiting for the punchline ... we've certainly taken our fair share of shots at the Archbishop of Boston Baseball here at Batter's Box, occasionally pointing out his, *ahem*, spotty record of prognosticating trades and transactions.

But in case you hadn't heard, Peter Gammons is headed to the Hall of Fame ... sort of, anyway, as the 2004 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

What better way to salute him than with song lyrics?

I refuse to lose, I pay dues up in this game
I should be awarded to be in the Hall Of Fame
Rollin with my Squad that's how I maintain
I should be awarded to be in the Hall Of Fame
-- Rampage, "Hall of Fame"

According to the Baseball Hall of Fame Web site, "The J.G. Taylor Spink Award, named after the late founder of The Sporting News, has been voted upon annually since 1962 when Spink himself was the recipient of the inaugural honor. The award honors a baseball writer (or writers) "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and is presented at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by that year's President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

"The award is voted upon annually by the BBWAA, via a meeting and subsequent "show of hands" either at the preceding year's World Series or Winter Meetings. A nominee is recommended by the BBWAA's Screening Committee prior to the meeting. Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with a certificate during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame."

So props to Gammons ... what other song lyrics -- remember, the edgier the better for this guy -- can you offer to him?
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_Fawaz K - Sunday, December 12 2004 @ 10:59 PM EST (#9881) #
My big mouth, my big name
Who'll put on my shoes while they're walking
Slowly down the hall of fame?
Into my big mouth you could fly a plane
Who'll put on my shoes while they're walking
Slowly down the hall of fame?
Slowly down the hall of fame

I ain't never spoke to God
And I ain't never been to heaven
But you assumed I knew the way
Even though the map was given
_Nolan - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 04:43 AM EST (#9882) #
Gammons is looked down upon quite a bit here at the Box for his many "leads" on trades that fall through and I think that we're a bit harsh with him.

Personally, I love his columns as I find them really interesting and even, gasp, reasonable and though provoking [at least in a baseball sense]. Yes, his trades usually don't happen, but in my view, he has never really asserted that they would. He merely indicates what trades are being talked about or what trades should be talked about. In fact, most of his trade proposals are pretty fair and logical.

Anyways, i just think he gets a wee bit of a bad rap here that is undeserved.

p.s. Tracy Ringolsby placed second in the voting, which I consider much worse than Gammons finishing first.
_Jordan - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 11:06 AM EST (#9883) #
Here comes Johnny goin' tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Here come Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat, the talkin' blues
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day
Coach - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 01:53 PM EST (#9884) #
If you want to know about the man gone bonkers
If you want to know how to play guitar
If you want to know about the other suckers
You can read it in the sunday papers, read it in the sunday papers

Sunday papers donít ask no questions
Sunday papers donít get no lies
Sunday papers donít raise objection
Sunday papers donít got no eyes

Brotherís heading that way now I guess
He just read something made his face turn blue
Well I got nothing against the press
They wouldnít print it if it wasnít true
_Moffatt - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:13 PM EST (#9885) #
A trillion points to Coach for his uncanny Mike Moffatt impersonation by posting the lyrics to an early 80's Joe Jackson song.
_Shrike - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:13 PM EST (#9886) #
That song by Dire Straits has always been a favourite of mine. Mark Knopfler is a genius.
_Four Seamer - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:20 PM EST (#9887) #
Well kudos are also in order for Fawaz K, for his use of Noel Gallagher's autobiographical lyrics. A very minor song in the Oasis discography, but it fits Mr. Gammons to a tee.
_Mick - Monday, December 13 2004 @ 02:26 PM EST (#9888) #
Wow ... well, the Sox went on a Rampage this year, which put the Yankees in Dire Straits. And while not even a "Shoeless" Joe Jackson-like performance from a Sox dark horse could guarantee a repeat, Gammons will continue to be a journalistic Oasis for beantowners.
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