Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez stared out at his father, wiping away tears as he spoke.
“I love you with all of my heart,” Rodriguez said. “If I'm a Hall of Famer, you're a Hall of Famer — double.”
Those words punctuated Rodriguez's speech as he was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, along with former commissioner Bud Selig and front-office guru John Schuerholz, also were enshrined on a picture-perfect summer day in front of over 27,000 fans.
“It's always emotional when you see the fans cheering for you, and my whole family in front of me,” Bagwell said. “I'm an emotional person. It's a dream just to be part of this beautiful group....