I was invited to join this grassroots campaign on Facebook, and I must say I was fairly intrigued (heh). Anyways, the 94 members of this group are dead serious about their intention of getting a guy like Fairly this semi-serious award. And by semi-serious, I mean the type of award that warrants at least two or three punch lines from the movie Canadian Bacon, as well as a few laughs, before being taken seriously.
Here’s a description of the campaign, taken directly from the Facebook group page:
“No one in the history of baseball has done what Ron Fairly has done in Canadian Baseball. You could look it up! Canadian Amatuer Champion Team member(1958 Edmonton), Montreal Expos All Star, Original Toronto Blue Jay and All Star, only one ever to be an All Star on both teams,and long time broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners which includes several radio and tv outlets in western Canada. Ron Fairly has had a profound influence on and has brought pride to many many Canadian baseball fans. He should be a member of this hall and it is incomplete without him. Stand up for a great ballplayer, teacher of the game, teammate and broadcaster.”
Again, I reiterate, this is not a joke. You could look it up!
And just to keep things fresh, here are some of Fairly’s greatest quotes:
“He fakes a bluff.”
“Bruce Sutter has been around for a while and he’s pretty old. He’s thirty-five years old, that will give you some idea of how old he is.”
“It’s 5-0, and Edgar’s on third base. If he scores, it’ll be 6-0.”
“In order to win, you must score more runs than your opponent.”
“The bases are loaded and there is zero outs. Now, who is in trouble here? Well, the pitcher is in trouble.”
“If that ball would have gone over the wall, it would have been a home run.”
And the best one, from a conversation with fellow broadcaster Duane Kuiper:
Duane: “It doesn’t hurt as much when you get beat as it does when you beat yourself.”
Ron: “I know what you’re saying. In other words, what you’re saying is that you can get beat and then on the other hand you can beat yourself?”
Yes, he really said that. If that doesn’t prove he’s worthy of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, then I really don’t know what does.