Between Joe Paterno’s statue coming down and the odd desperation in the current existence of the Cleveland Indians – of which putting up a Jim Thome statue is one element – I’ve been putting hours and hours of thought into sports icon statues.
My rule for them would the same one I have for Hall of Fame induction – if it’s up for debate, the answer is no.
Statues are forever – they signify immortality.
Is anyone’s iconic vision of Jim Thome as a Cleveland Indian? Not only has he spent more of his career our of a Tribe uniform than in, but he left the team for a money grab back in the early 00s.
That was his right to do so, but it’s going to ding up his statue worthiness.
Thome’s got great career numbers and did some wonderful things while with the Indians, but whether he deserves a statue is debatable, and thus the answer is no.
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jim Brown, Vince Carter – these are statue athletes.
That’s about it, really – I didn’t say my hours and hours of thought would generate hours and hours of reading material.
In reality, I made my point as clearly and concisely as possible, and adding additional words just to pad it out wouldn’t accomplish much except to waste your time, which would be a real shame.
The previous two sentences are what I used to write at the end of essay questions in school whenever there was a required length for a written assignment or test question.
I just couldn’t rationalize saying more than was necessary.
Isn’t irony fun.