Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I just happened to be watching ESPN last night and got to see Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron's all-time record for home runs with his 756th against the Washington Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos). It was great moment to see Bonds round the bases, shed some tears and take in all the adulation from the San Francisco Giant fans, his teammates and his family. Plus, it was nice to see the ever classy Hank Aaron (who is still the greatest player to ever play the game not named Babe Ruth in my book) congratulate Bonds on screen in a videotaped message (having already lived through the drama of chasing a home run record during much more pugnacious times and not wanting to take the spotlight away from Bonds, Aaron had long made it clear that he wouldn't be attending any of Bonds games).
Say what you want about Bonds and we all know that the media hates his guts because he always refused to kiss their ass and never gave a damn what they thought of him, but Bonds never failed a steroid test and he was already a great player before (and after) those years that "Game of Shadows" book came out accusing him of doping in. Yet, if steroids was all it took to be a great baseball player, I'm sure that all those dead professional wrestlers who used them would've dumped the wresting biz in a heartbeat and picked up a baseball bat instead. And last time I checked we still live in a country where you're innocent until proven guilty.
With that said, congratulations to the new Home Run King.