Faced with the possibility that an attempt to honor baseball great Willie Mays by naming the field at Municipal Stadium for him would turn into an insult instead, the Hagerstown Mayor and Council wisely put the idea on hold for now.
Perhaps the next administration can convince the nay-sayers that the tribute would be a good idea.
Some have asked what Willie Mays ever did for Hagerstown. The real question to consider, however, is what he could do for the city in the future.
For starters, he could lend his name - and perhaps some of his memorabilia - to an effort to bring more tourists to Hagerstown and more visitors to the Hagerstown Suns' games.
If you're a baseball fan driving on Interstates 70 or 81 and you see a sign that says, "Willie Mays Museum," might you be tempted to stop, especially if it's time for a meal anyway?