COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Ron Santo had to die to get into the Hall of Fame. It shouldn’t have happened but it did, and everyone knows it.
What we didn’t know until Sunday was that in some ways it could seem better that Santo was inducted in the second person, not the first.
Randy Hundley, Santo’s teammate on the Cubs from 1966-73, was happy to make the trip to upstate New York to honor his old friend. He would have loved to toast him in the flesh but celebrated him nonetheless.
"I feel wonderful for him, and I feel like he’s here," Hundley said on Sunday. "I can feel him around everything here. This is something he always wanted. But I don’t know if he could have handled it if he had been here. The way he is, he would have been so emotional. I’m glad we had the opportunity to be here for him."