Well, he’s done it…and I saw it all live (thanks to my Extra Innings Package)…
Top of the 2nd…approximately 10:30pm EST, August 4, 2007…controversial San Francisco Giants’ poster boy for juicing and bad attitudes, Barry Bonds, nailed his 755th career home run on the third pitch from Padres starter Clay Hensley to tie Hank Aaron for 1st on the all time home run list. Out of the sheer joy of seeing history before my weary eyes, I instinctively leapt from my seat. It was met with the oddest mix of boos and applause from the San Diego crowd–seems they were as torn as I with both hatred and awe. Cheaters always win. When a relieved and smiling Bonds made his way back to the dugout…I was left wondering–when the hell did his teammate Dave Roberts get so old? This guy looks like a dwarfish senior citizen next to Bonds’ eternally youthful and swollen head.
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief…as earlier in the day Yakees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to reach 500 career home runs. The records of cheaters, one hopes, will fall quickly.
Until then, we shall wait pensively with baited breath at each passing at bat…
Honest Hammerin’ Hank, you’ll always be number one in my book.
POST MORTEM: Bonds belted his 756th home run a few nights later, Tuesday, August 7, 2007 to stand alone atop the all time list. Records are made to fall.
Written by David H. Schleicher
ESPN had wall to wall coverage of this game too. And Dave Roberts looked 60 in HD.
Davey, What are you going to do next year when Canseco’s new book comes out and says A-rod was on steriods too (because its already on its way) are you going to ban him too? Like or down right hate Bonds, he was by far the best baseball player of our generation and there is a respect thats due from any baseball fan. Oh, and the applause in San Diego out weighed the boo’s by far, thus the 3 standing ovations. Maybe someday you’ll stand up for him too…until then, we have the Phillies and Braves. Ugh.
Timmsy, what really sticks in my crawl more than the steriods has been Bonds’ attitude. He paints himself as a self-righteous martyr. If it comes out that A-Rod is juicing too, then so be it. Like I said, Hank Aaron will always be number one in my book. -DHS