As the Boston Globe has seven columnists with a Hall of Fame vote, it was easy to imagine that David Ortiz would be receiving all seven votes. After all, he is a Boston Red Sox legend, his power bat and penchant for late inning and postseason heroics ensuring that he will never be forgotten.
But that was not the case. Ortiz only received six of those votes as Dan Shaughnessy, once again, submitted a Jeff Kent Only ballot as a form of some asinine protest. It was easy to ignore this ballot as sheer idiocy, but it turns out that there may be far more to it than a desire for attention. Consider the following:
Past comments may explain why Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz did not get Hall of Fame vote
How do we know that the “red jheri curl” reporter from the Globe was Shaughnessy, or that he even said such a thing? Because other people remember that incident. Moments such as that only further the perception that Boston is a place that minority athletes should avoid.
One has to imagine that, if Shaughnessy was to say something such as that today, he would be fired on the spot. Even if he was to attempt to justify those comments by claiming that were in jest, such an idiotic and inflammatory remark that was designed to get a reaction from Ortiz was an utterly horrendous idea.
Considering that remark, it is no surprise that Shaughnessy did not vote for Ortiz. Why would he? Ortiz is clearly tainted by PEDs in his mind just because he came from the Dominican. The only real surprise is that Ortiz did not wrap Shaughnessy’s legs around his throat for saying such nonsense.
Dan Shaughnessy did not give former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a vote for the Hall of Fame. Considering his past comments, we know why.