"... when I wrote in 1998 that Craig Biggio was one of the five greatest second basemen of all time, people thought I was nuts. Very few people at that time saw him as a special player. I liked that, too — I liked people thinking I was out on a limb about something when I knew I was right.Think of how often this happens with your relationship to a favourite actor or actress, a film director, a band, a TV show or for a sports nut, a favourite team. They become more recognized, you fill with resentment. Why is that?
"... (but) as he moved closer to 3,000 career hits there came a general recognition of his status as a star player, which severed the bond that I felt to him when he was deserving of recognition that he wasn't getting."
Bill James on Craig Biggio (Slate)