500 + 755 = 1255


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.

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  • the part about hoping he does so as a Yankee always makes me laugh at Yankee fans. before the season started most of them were hoping arod would get traded, or he would opt out and move. constantly booing him for the last few years.
    but now..oh he is the MAN
    when he chokes in the post season again will you guys all want him to get traded again?

    TheTree1918 August 5, 2007, 11:06 am
  • oh right bc only YFs are fickle. Ive never seen an SF change their opinion on a player of the course of a season or two.

    sam YF August 5, 2007, 11:39 am
  • There’s a difference between initially not liking someone and having their play change your opinion and constantly booing someone who’s already won an MVP for your club (and without whom would not be in contention) and then suddenly curtain-calling his every at-bat when he has the entirely predictable huge season. The reactions to A-Rod by Yankee fans were risible last season and predictable this season, more fickle than I’ve ever seen from ANY fan base regarding ANY player (in history, I might compare it to the Boston fans of the 40s and 50s and their relationship with Williams).

    Paul SF August 5, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Because Mo or Clemens never won any MVP before!

    Lar August 5, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • As a 14 year New Yorker, A-Rod is the best player that has probably played here in all those years (sorry, Derek fans), it’s been pretty unflattering to the fans who have had such an up-and-down relationship with him. This fickleness is a characteristic of most fan bases, that is true, but I’ve never seen such ire directed towards a player undeserving of that ire; the Yankees of the last four years have had players far more culpable in their “failings” than Rodriguez. This new love affair with him comes off as fair-weather friendism to me, to some extent.
    Here’s a question: what happens if he fails in the playoffs, opts out, signs elsewhere (not Boston), and returns to Yankee Stadium? Is he cheered or booed?

    SF August 5, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Lar, I don’t think Mo was ever booed. And Clemens wasn’t booed in a Red Sox uniform. At any rate, loving a player when he’s on your team and hating him when he goes elsewhere is fairly normal; the YF treatment of A-Rod at the Stadium is to my memory unique and, to use SF’s word, unflattering.

    Paul SF August 6, 2007, 2:10 am

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