Two minutes in, he had to step away jordan fly wade shoes and compose himself as he started to choke back tears.
“Roberto Alomar told me, ‘Just don’t look at the family, man, you’ll be, OK,’” Larkin said, referring to the second baseman who was inducted last year along with pitcher Bert Blyleven. “I looked down and I saw my mom, she was crying already before I even got started. It was over. I knew it was going to happen.”
Larkin’s mother, Shirley, had a different story. She said that the speech was less emotional than she expected.
“I didn’t start crying until he did,” Shirley Larkin said.
Asked which was the true version, Larkin deferred to his mom.
“Mothers always know best,” he quipped.
The day also belonged to Santo, who retired in 1974 after 14 years with the Cubs and a final single season with the White Sox. He had waited for the Hall call from either the BBWAA or various permutations of the Veterans Committee through all his years until his death at 70 from the ravages of bladder cancer on Dec. 2, 2010.
Finally, last December, the Golden Era jordan fly wade 2 sale Committee again discussed his candidacy. Needing 12 votes to be elected, Santo received 15 of the 16 votes. He’s the 16th third baseman inducted into the Hall among the 207 players elected, 112 by eligible members of the BBWAA.
Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ernie Banks, who all played with Santo on those Cubs teams of the 1960s and early 1970s, were also on the stage to honor their late friend.
Even Larkin acknowledged the fact that the day presented a unique comparison of a now 48-year-old player and ESPN analyst who retired in 2004 against a man who had become an icon, not only because of his play, but because of his life-long physical struggles that spanned his on-field career.
“It’s amazing that all these people come together and that everyone has their own story,” Larkin said afterward. “Everyone has their own network. Everyone has their own passion and their own problems to deal with. We’re all out there trying to win the jordan jumpman h series ii game and get 27 outs. To hear his story and how he was able to get it done on the field, understanding the things he went through that were incredibly hard. I told Vicki it was an incredibly inspiring story, and I thought she told the story very well.”