We all knew it was coming.
Barry Bonds cemented his place in Major League Baseball history in San Francisco last night, becoming the all-time home run record holder. The Giants’ slugger hit his 756th homer to surpass the mark set by Hank Aaron 31 years ago.
The 43-year-old, on two strikes, clubbed a fastball by Mike Bacsik, the Washington Nationals left handed pitcher, into the right field seats with one out and nobody on in the fifth inning to break the record. But the feat will be lauded and derided in equal measure as snipers continue to allege the 43-year-old used steroids to make his mark in the game’s history.
The sporting press will have to get their hands around another record falling to drug use over the next couple of days. We’ll see how that goes.by
He used ‘roids like McGuire used ‘roids. Period.
Who cares if he used ‘roids? All baseball players look like they should be tested…daily!
He still had to see a 90 mph fastball coming, swing the bat and make enough contact to hit the ball out. Hand/eye is still more than 50% of the equation. Hell, I could do ‘roids and still not hit a ball out.
hand/eye? That is what the human growth hormone is for.
It improves eyesight in some people.
Where’s the ibelievebarrybonds.com website?
If an *asterik* needs to go up in the record books, it should represent the ‘time period’ not just a few hitters like McGuire, Sosa & Bonds.
Does human growth hormone improve a pitchers ball placement because he has better hand/eye co-ordination?
Do steroids make for a tougher, stronger catcher better able to withstand the impact at home plate?
What affect do amphetamines, openly available in clubhouses until recently, have on the game?
This whole era of baseball is suspect, not one or two guys you can point a convenient finger at.
I’d like to see a graph plotting Bonds’ increased home run output over the last 10 years against the increased speed of the TdF peloton.
Arguing that he hit a few off of juiced pitchers is just like saying that a lot of the guys Museeuw beat were doping too. The sad fact is that the needle breaks the continuum between them and us and makes our participation in the same activity very different things.
What kills me is that mainstream American sports have far less integrity than cycling, yet the media continues to bash cycling as doped. If it weren’t for Congress sticking their fucking noses into the whole thing, there still wouldn’t be drug testing in baseball cuz the money is in home runs, not clean sports. Stern is embarassed by Bonds’ record, yet he’s not doing anything new to clean up the mess.
Ya, John & Doug K your points are well taken but I think mine is too.
There’s been a lot of ‘dirty’ all across the board & I ain’t condoning it.
…and while it’s Selig not Stern, all of the various Commissioners are hypocrites. Lookit all the egregious crap comin’ down the sewer of ‘Pro’ sports.
the media sucks,,,756 is no small number