Re: #7 was a cheater too.
posted at 5/10/2013 6:27 PM EDT
In response to slasher9's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
A lot of things you never did like see Mantle hit with that bat or meet anyone who did.
You also never heard him called a cheat by any of his cohorts or former competitors.
But a rumor is good enough to slime a hall of famer around these parts just because he played for the Yankees.
Taking a shot at the Yankees is one thing impugning the career of a ball player absent of valid proof says more things about you than it does anything about Mantle.
ummmm...welll.....where should we start.....since my family has spent 3 generations 25 minutes from yankee stadium i think i can positively say that i know someone that saw #7 swing a corked bat (or otherwise) live and in person (not to mention joed, babe ruth, gehrig). i even have a great grandfather that watched the NY Orioles.....errrr...highlanders play a game. how bout you?
now that we have that out of the way.....i did not "impugne" the career of a ball player...i pointed out that #7 was a cheat to the game of baseball. it is up to each individual to decide if it lessons his overall career.
you can type anything you want but it wont change the fact that Mickey Mantle used a cork bat and knowingly cheated.
Who cares about your family?
This about you.
Buying into something you don't know if it is true for the sake of sliming Mickey Mantle.
No one know if he ever used that bat, no one knows if it was tampered after it was made in 1964.
You would think over the course of an 18 year career if he did indeed use cork he would have been exposed long before now.
How many bats do you suppose a player goes through in one season?
Breaks or shatters during a game? Sammy Sosa was certainly exposed that way.
1964 began Mantle's decline to retirement in 1969.
Nice to see other's here who actually saw MM play speak to his talent as a ball player.
I don't know of another industry more rife with fraud than the sports memorabilia industry.
Look how Barry Halper was exposed with all his fraudulent items from his collection after he passed.
Maybe Civil War artifacts, debatable.
And then you would have to ask yourself how much more value would a supposed Mantle corked bat bring over any of his other bats?
Not around to defend himself although enough of his former surviving team members have come out in support.