Saturday was a historic day for baseball. Barry Bonds hit his 755th dinger in San Diego, tying Hank Aaron. Earlier, Alex Rodriguez had ripped his 500th at the Stadium, making him the youngest player to do so. Both players had been on the verge of those milestones for days. Among the pundits it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Alex will someday catch Barry. But there’s still a huge gulf there. We hope he makes it, and does so as a Yankee. If he does become the new king, we will have seen a Latino player passing a pair of African-American players, neatly illustrating the demographic shift in the game. For now, though, we’re stuck with the “is it legitimage” argument on Bonds’s achievement. It is what it is. The players and the league knew what was going on. As fans, there wasn’t much we could do about their collusion. The entire era is tainted, and the best we can do is remember what happened, and pressure the powers that be to strengthen their protections for the future.
500 + 755 = 1255
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