I read this week that Juan Marichal [along with New York Met’s pitcher Pedro Martinez], a former San Francisco Giant Hall Of Fame pitcher is involved in cock fighting in his [their] native Dominican Republic. Perfectly legal. Imperfectly reprehensible.
Will this change my opinion of these two icons? Yes and no. Yes, my opinion of Martinez changes [Whose hasn’t?].
No change of opinion about Marichal. In 1965 he took a bat to the head of Dodger catcher Johnny Roseboro. I think of him now as I’ve thought of him since that moment.