Okay, it was briefly mentioned in another post whether Barry would rather get a ring or break Aaron's record, which brought this idea into my head. I've always been known as a team player, but I know that I'd rather have the individual record. Why? It's certainly special to be part of the team effort that "wins it all," but I'd rather have the reassurance that I really am that damn good. Most say that the ultimate goal of all players that play any sport is to win a championship. I for one, am not sure I agree with that.
And I'm assuming that the record for this question is one of similar magnitude to breaking Aaron's HR record (among the game's most coveted).
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Depends what record, some our obviously are much more glorious to hold than others. For a record like most Hr's, K's, W's, highest lifetime batting, Hits, etc. then hell ya Id rather have the record for those. When you win a championship people remember the team more than you, when you win a record I don't think people remember the team to much they remember you. So when it gets brought up that Bonds cares more for the Giants, Baloney!! I'd rather break the HR record as well.
there are a lot of things you can't control to be part of a world series champion, you can hit a home run a game, but if you pitching sucks, you won't win the championship. because you can't, most of the times, control the destiny of your team all by yourself, it makes winning a WS ring that much harder and that much more enjoyable. not to mention that you will be able to celebrate the win with all the guys who helped each other for a whole year, whereas if you break the home run record, they will be happy for you, but won't buy you dinner.
i personally think what bonds really wants is to pass babe ruth, he doesn't really care about aaron.
I'd take the ring, if I was a starter or a hero in a series. But if I were one of the Boston fans or some player/personnel in the organization that didn't really contribute I'd much rather have the HR record.
Why not both? I don't think either goal is mutually exclusive. If you're breaking a record (a good one, of course ), you'd like to think you're helping your team to win as much as you possibly can. And to me, a World Series ring would mean much less if I didn't contribute significantly to its acquisition.