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Now Houston baseball fans know what it means to hate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Craig Hlavaty

Before I became enamored of rock stars, rock journalists, punk rockers, metal mavens or DJs, the first idols in my life were Houston Astros players, namely Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and the late Ken Caminiti.

Bruno Mars, shown at Reliant Arena in May 2011, has exactly the kind of broad crossover appeal the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is looking for in its entertainers.
Marc Brubaker
Bruno Mars, shown at Reliant Arena in May 2011, has exactly the kind of broad crossover appeal the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is looking for in its entertainers.
Kendrick Lamar is only 5'6" himself, but he still had a much better view of his December 29 Warehouse Live show than our writer.
Marco Torres
Kendrick Lamar is only 5'6" himself, but he still had a much better view of his December 29 Warehouse Live show than our writer.

So on January 9, when the Baseball Hall of Fame failed to induct Biggio, Bagwell or any other players who were up for the highest honor the sport can bestow on a ballplayer, it stung really bad. These were guys I grew up emulating.

Even Bagwell sounded pissed, not for himself but for his friend Biggio.

Of all the names on this year's ballot, it should have been Biggio who went in. With more than 3,000 hits, plus 414 stolen bases and 12,504 career plate appearances, his numbers are amazing for a second baseman, not to mention a Houston Astro. Let's face it, the team has been underwhelming most of my life, save for the flashes of excitement that were due mostly to Biggio and Bagwell themselves.

So last week, baseball fans felt the same sting that fans of the MC5, KISS, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, New Order, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, The Replacements, The Cure, The Cars, Iggy Pop and Peter Gabriel have all felt each year that those artists and many others haven't been inducted into the Rock Hall.

Years ago, rock fans began to turn away from the Rock Hall as it became increasingly clear who was pulling the strings — Jann Wenner and his Rolling Stone cabal. Maybe that will now happen to the baseball HOF as the luster of what has always been a fan-friendly enterprise begins to fade.

Baseball fans, though, hold that HOF in higher esteem than rock fans do its rock counterpart — or once held the Rock Hall, I should say. There isn't much cynicism in baseball, a sport still clinging to decades of sepia-toned history. Rock and roll is still young by comparison.

Bagwell's past has been somewhat sullied in regard to his supposed steroid use, and some of the rest of 2013's would-be inductees are no cleaner. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds...yeah. But what of guys like Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Mike Piazza and Edgar Martinez?

I say let's wait until next year. Maybe next year Biggio can go in with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Moises Alou. Maybe 2013's wrongs can be righted in a big way.

And in 2014, the Rock HOF could induct Nirvana, Green Day, Pavement and Nine Inch Nails in one swoop. Who knows?

Or hell, maybe our beloved Biggio could turn into the Rock Hall's version of Rush and be shut out for years and years until he finally gets the honor — by which time everyone will have given up on the HOF anyway.

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