So I was initially planning on writing about the voters who have switched their votes over to Edgar this year, but then Larry Stone went and beat me to it. The article is well-worth your time, though, and I’d love to hear your theories about Edgar’s growing support in the comments (so I can steal and recast them as my own when I do write a follow-up as more ballots become available). Luckily, in-house video magician José Rivera had just finished up this video, and I can’t think of a more appropriate day to post it than on the 50th installment of this series.
When I started this project, I honestly didn’t know what day 20 was going to look like, let alone days 30, 40, and 50. Being a true seat-of-my-pantser, I didn’t map everything out beforehand. I’ve been exceptionally lucky to have had help in this project from several members of the community (shout-out to MSB, who e-mailed me a huge collection of articles from the early 90s that aren’t available online), which is exactly what I wanted to celebrate when I began this series. For those of us who were there, and remember, Edgar isn’t just a beloved face of the franchise. His presence is something that ties us all together through time, a thing that gives our relatively young team the weight of significant history. Griffey was amazing, and brilliant to watch, but Edgar was ours, all ours, both in tenure as a Mariner and as someone whose popularity was mostly limited to our corner of the world. Some people say it’s not important who’s in the Hall, that the Hall is an imperfect and idiosyncratic representation, slanted heavily towards the biases of the mostly-homogenous block of voters. And maybe it’s not important, in the grand scheme of things. But I think what is important is that we come together like all the Whos down in Whoville singing their Who songs about what matters to them the most. Because once a year, it’s okay that we make some noise about a thing we love so much.