Well, we can assume Gio is happy that the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement is over.
In another morning rant, Gio sounded off on the voting process and the discussion surrounding the Hall of Fame as a whole, particularly when it comes to debating whether steroid users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in Cooperstown.
“The steroid, Baseball Hall of Fame topic is my least favorite,” Gio said. “I’m trying to squash it before everybody calls up.
“There’s some guy that’s 95 years old and starting to dial the number. Stop…don’t do it. Don’t call us. I don’t want to hear it, I can’t take it anymore!”
Turns out, just mentioning the topic himself set off Gio, who continued to talk about the topic that is his self-proclaimed least favorite.
“‘This guy did this, this guys did steroids,’ just shut up,” Gio said.
With Major League Baseball in a lockout, there really is no other baseball topics than that of the Hall of Fame, which will welcome only David Ortiz this year. With that, Clemens and Bonds are off the ballot, falling short in their 10th and final year of eligibility. It opened the doors to plenty of discussion among those who have a vote, debating that either the two generational superstars should be enshrined due to their otherworldly stats and accomplishments in an era where they were far from the only ones using performance enhancing drugs, or those that argue that their use of PEDs tainted the game.
“Why do we care what these baseball writers think?” Gio said. “Guys like Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal, and Jeff Passan…their opinions. ‘The gatekeepers of the Baseball Hall of Fame.’ It’s a building in the middle of upstate New York in the middle of nowhere. Use your brain, have your own memories.”
Sorry to break this to Gio, but this debate is going nowhere, as Bonds and Clemens will certainly be on the Era Committee ballots, and the steroid discourse will continue for at least another nine years after Alex Rodriguez fell well short of induction in his first year of eligibility.