Ron Santo was always a passionate guy—as a player and as a broadcaster—so it should come as no surprise that there’s an eddy of swirling emotions surrounding his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

There’s gratification, vindication, relief. His induction was inevitable for so long—Bill James had identified him as the best player not in the Hall of Fame going back to at least the mid-90s—that it’s a triumph to have the day finally upon us.

Yet that’s just the thing: He did belong in the Hall, and had belonged there for a long time. So there’s anger that Santo didn’t live to see the day.