Read the open letter Tim Raines wrote after learning he'd been inducted into the Hall of Fame
Tim Raines had waited a long, long time for this. After his iconic 23-year career ended in 2002, Rock waited the standard five years to see his name on the Hall of Fame ballot, then another nine years after that, as he inched closer and closer to the 75 percent of the vote necessary for enshrinement.
Then, on Wednesday, after 15 years of waiting and a life dedicated to baseball, Raines -- in his final year of eligibility -- finally got the call: He'd been voted into Cooperstown. Naturally, it was an emotional moment for the Expos legend, not to mention everyone who'd become invested in his cause over the past decade (read: basically the entire Internet). And if you don't believe us, just read the open letter Raines posted to Twitter after learning the news and try to keep it together:
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/BNSymKRWoL- Tim Raines (@TimRaines30) January 18, 2017
Congratulations, Tim, and we'll see you this summer.