Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Congrats to Barry Bonds - 756

Unfortunately I missed the game - if it were televised in my area, likely I would have had to miss it any way (Madame has appropriated all remotes in the house, and absolutely nobody interferes with episodes of Big Brother and I've learned to basically bury myself in a book or two).

Bonds is one of those great all-around athletes who had a great career going even before he went on a home run rampage post-1998. Arguably the best commentary I've read about this historic event (at least to us baseball fans) is by the field negro:
To all the Bonds haters out there, consider this: Before 1998, he had 3 MVP awards, 8 all star appearances, and 8 gold glove awards. So excuse me if he put up freakish home run numbers after 1998, when he was supposedly on the juice. I am going to guess that quite a few players doing that time period were juicing, including the happy twins; Sosa, and McGuire, not to mention a few pitchers. (Some quite famous ones included) Oh, and if we are going to put an asterisk next to Bond's accomplishments, why don't we just put one next to every payer who played before 1947? But somehow I doubt that will happen, because we are such hypocrites in America, and our memory can be so selective.

So America, get over the hateration [like that word woozie?] of Bonds. We know it's because he is supposedly a jerk, and not fan friendly, and he is mean to sports writers. Who gives a shit? Yeah that Ty Cobb was a real Prince charming wasn't he? The last time I checked, that racist jerk was in the Hall, and America still loves him.

If Bonds is not a first ballot Hall of Famer, it will say more about the frauds who run American sports than any steroid scandal ever could. I am just glad Hammering Hank acknowledged the whole thing via video, he was starting to come up pretty small.
Controversy or not - my hat goes off to Bonds.

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