Wednesday, August 08, 2007

756(*)

If you are from the USA or following closely American sports you know what the number is about, as well as the asterisk and have a pretty good idea already on what my opinion is. If not, well, just read the whole entry...

So Bonds does it finally. Now that the hype is over we could get back to what matters in baseball, like division and playoff races. But talk about not having face...

Bonds still maintains the record is legitimate:"It's not tainted at all. Period". Clearly baseball fans would beg to differ. Even if no allegations of steroid use and an investigation for perjury existed you only need to look at the stats to suspect that something fishy went on. I mean, come on...Does it seem believable that somebody who hit an average of 37 HRs per season in the late nineties passes to 73 in 2001 purely due to conventional methods? That is practically a 100% jump! I remember when I used to live in the US Major League's HR king for the 1985 season was Tigers' Darrel Evans with 41(I believe) home-runs and back then it was considered quite a feat. But all of a sudden in the nineties people were starting to hit 50+ like it was nobody's business. And at first Bonds bemoaned the likes of McGwire, but then took the "you can't beat them, join them" line. And no, the "everybody did it" defense line doesn't cut it. What "everybody" did had nothing to do with the game that was graced by Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig, Di Maggio, Robinson, Mays, Williams, Koufax and many, many more. Talking of the "good old days"...Is it any coincidence that the longest standing records in baseball, Di Maggio's 56 straight games with at least one hit and Ted Williams' .406 batting average, represent the highest virtue of a true athlete: consistency? 60 years on nobody is getting within a mile of those and is not likely to.

They may be media-generated hype over the record now, but I believe that in 20 or so years the jury of baseball fans all around will have many a reasonable doubt over Barry Bonds.

1 comment:

Michael said...

You're right, of course, about the reasonable doubt. However, the perjury investigation has nothing to do with on the field performance (at least no directly), and Bonds has never actually tested posititve for steroids. So for now, I say let's give him the benefit of the doubt and have the record stand. After all, there is no doubt that he's truly excellent ballplayer.

But, if you ever does test positive, then strip him of his records and keep him out of the Hall of Fame. There's no room in the record books for a cheater.