I was listening to some “light” commentary on NPR concerning a guy Miller who apparently yet again didn’t make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I tuned in during the middle of the monologue, so I didn’t catch the guy’s full name. I gathered he wasn’t a player–or at least, not a player of note–but rather a representative of the players, and was responsible for bringing free agency into baseball.
(For those who have TVs and watch sports, don’t judge me. I catch Krugman errors, not fly balls. There are only 24 hours in the day.)
Anyway, the NPR commentator was trying to describe the injustice of the powerful baseball commissioner (who locked horns with Miller) already being inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Miller had not yet been given the honor. The guy said, “That would be like having Goliath in the biblical hall of fame, but not David. It would be like inducting Jefferson Davis in the league of honored presidents, but leaving out Abraham Lincoln.”
Eh, I don’t think that second analogy really works, unless it just means, “Here are other people I dislike and like.” I can understand how someone raised on standard American lore would even go so far as to compare Lincoln to Jesus. (Not that I endorse the comparison, just saying I understand how someone could think, “Ah yes, a righteous person wielding overwhelming power, freeing slaves and slaying bad guys.”)
But to compare Lincoln to pipsqueak David, and Davis to the monstrous Goliath? I don’t think so.