Rice takes final swing at Hall of Fame

Originally Published: January 9, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

By my calculation, it's been more than 7,100 days since Jim Rice last swung a bat in a major league baseball game. That was Aug. 3, 1989. And you want to know how long ago that was?

Billy Beane was still an active player. Barack Obama was in law school. And there was no such show as "The Simpsons." That's how long.

So for Jim Rice to be still sweating out Hall of Fame election days, two decades later, seems like a form of torture that should have been outlawed by the Geneva ...

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