Okay, I'm up late watching a repeat of MLB Network's "Hot Stove." And they just interviewed Jeff Kent about his retirement.
And I want to know what happened to Jeff Kent.
All that I've ever read about Kent is that he's one of the world's great pricks who likes nobody in the game. Who doesn't like to talk nobody. And couldn't tell a joke if his life depended on it. And here he is joking around with a huge smile on his face.
I'm pretty sure that Kent was really a prick. But you know, watching the interview, you get the idea that, actually, he was kind of a nice guy who just wanted to play the game.
And while MLB Network is on Kent, SI's Tom Verducci is talking about how he will vote for Kent on his ballot for the Hall the very first year that Kent is eligible, but that he doesn't think Kent will get in on the first try because he snuck up on everybody and he just didn't like a first ballot guy on the field. But Verducci was confident that Kent would get into the Hall.
And this has never made sense to me. If you're good enough for the Hall on your sixth year of eligibility, then you're good enough for your first year. The stats don't change.
Then again, maybe that's why I'm not allowed to vote for the Hall.