"He implored everyone not to be angry, not to be bitter, not to express any ill will to anyone who had anything to do with this decision," Kendrick said. "He said, 'I had an opportunity and in this great country, that's all I can ever ask for. They didn't think ol' Buck was good enough. We've got to live with that, but if I'm a Hall of Famer in your eyes, that's all that matters to me.' … Instead of us consoling him, he's consoling us."