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