Congratulations, Barry. Whatever I may think of Barry the person, I respect the record.
756. That deserves a wow.
Now here's my story. From time to time I suffer from insomnia. Monday night was a severe case for me and I ended up getting less than three hours of sleep. I then had to go up to Omaha for meetings all day, then my daughter's teacher came over for her pre-schoolyear Home Visit last night. After the previous night, the brutal day at work and the Visit, I was wrecked. I watched Bonds' first at-bat (or his first two, can't remember now...) and then I had to go to bed. I was just hoping he wouldn't hit it. Unfortunately for me, that wasn't the case, and I woke up to my wife (who cares nada about baseball, but who saw it) telling me Bonds hit 756 last night. After five or six games of watching, I missed the one where he broke the record. How much does that suck?
manbearpig wrote:I thought I would be disgusted at watching Bonds hit that 756 long ball. I watched it live last night, and surprisingly enjoyed it. The whole thing felt wrong, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV. I still dislike his attitude as a person, he’s big headed, owes nothing to anyone, and it’s all about Barry.
Everyone knows he juiced, and if you still have a doubt take your blinders off. There’s only one thing I hate more than Barry Bonds arrogant a$$, and that’s the ‘argument people’. I lump this group all together as a bunch of half minded morons. Their argument is all around the same, some may vary depending on knowledge of the sport. Let me see if I can word this right so people know what group I’m talking about. This is what you have likely herd, or will hear the next couple of days: “Steroids or no steroids you still have to be able to stand in the box and hit those pitches, that takes God given talent, hard work and consistently. He is a great athlete”. (Other more ‘knowledgeable’ fans would now say, and I quote: “pitchers juice more than all other athletes in pro sports combined. Level field in my opinion.”)
I don’t really see why these ‘people’ feel the need to stickup for Barry. They might just do it for argument sake, and that just human nature, we are always right…Aren’t we?
There are not many other things in sports that compare to the greatness of hitting the long ball. You against the pitcher, your team isn’t helping you, and all your manager can do it give you a few signs. It’s like you against the world, you determine the outcome. Like I said, not many other situations in sports compare to you against the pitcher in the 9th with 2 outs when you’re down by 1.
A cheater is a cheater, whether you are willing to admit that Barry gave himself a clear advantage or not.
Like a great comedian says at the end of a rant – This is just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Search for some of the Bonds threads here. You'll find much better arguments here than, "You still have to be able to stand in the box and hit those pitches."
Imagine if he didn't walk so much in his career...or had good players in his lineup.
Just imagine if the proposed trade earlier in the 90s that had him going to Atlanta had actually gone through. I imagine he would probably be a bit more liked, and also have a few more homers at this stage as well.
But anyways, Congrats Mr. Bonds on a super achievement. That home run like McGwire's 62nd homer gave me goose bumps watching even when I saw it for the 20th time just a few minutes ago.