They had no plans to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony.
They apologized to Hall of Fame officials, but sorry, they said they just couldn’t sit idly by and watch David Ortiz be celebrated without feeling troubled.
They were going to silently protest by not showing up for Sunday’s induction ceremony.
But Reggie Jackson and Goose Gossage changed their minds, no matter how disturbed they may be that Ortiz becomes the first known Hall of Famer who ever tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The way they decided to look at it, each making their independent decisions after speaking with several Hall of Famers, they didn’t want to offend others in the incoming class by not showing up.
“I decided to just let it go,” Gossage told USA TODAY Sports. “So you know what, the way I feel now is, just let everyone in. They might as well let Pete (Rose) in. (Barry) Bonds. (Roger) Clemens. All of them.
“We got no character clause in this (expletive), so let’s drop the character bull.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Bob Nightengale