The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame found itself on the airwaves of WFAN again this week. Stemming from a discussion about the impending Baseball Hall of Fame announcements for their Class of 2020, Boomer Esiason and Greg Gianotti dove into conversation about our beloved local Hall.
Last year they discussed one day nominating Gianotti, a Bellport native, into the Suffolk Hall. Today, they were briefly discussing the meaning of the Baseball Hall when Boomer, who was an inaugural inductee of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, threw out a Suffolk comparison.
“You’re a big Suffolk County guy, right?” Boomer asks Gio. “I’m in the Suffolk County [Sports] Hall of Fame”
After a few minutes of discussion about Derek Jeter, who was officially voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, one caller dialed into rib Boomer about being on a poster at Long Island MacArthur Airport in the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame exhibit. He gave it back to the caller.
“No one knows who you are?,” said Boomer, who immediately turned the subject and call to discussing the Suffolk Class of 2020 inductees.
“By the way Kenny Atkinson is going into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame this year,” Boomer said.
This got Gio intrigued and the conversation developed into reading the full list of inductees and commenting about many.
“They got a pretty big class this year,” Boomer said.
“That’s a huge class!” said Gio, “look at those guys. Congrats!”
To end the bit in perfect harmony, Boomer had one final message about the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame: “This is hometown pride, is what this is,” Boomer said proudly. “That’s what all halls of fame are.”
Editor’s note: The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame is not actually located at MacArthur Airport. There is no physical location of the Hall of Fame, but there are multiple satellite exhibits around the county.