Pass the Crown: Bonds Hits 756

Moments ago, Barry Bonds became the all-time home run king. It was a no-doubter off Mike Bacsik of the Nationals, a long fly over the rightfield fence on a 3-2 pitch. It gave me a sinking feeling in the stomach as soon as he hit it. Bonds threw up his arms immediately, then pumped his hands toward the sky, presumably a tribute to his father. Giants fans cheered. The guy who caught the thing looked like he’d been pummelled, and was escorted out of the park surrounded by a bunch of cops. Commissioner Bud Selig was absent, but Willie Mays was there, and Hank Aaron appeared in a classy if somewhat distant message on the video board. It’s over now. No asterisk necessary; we’re all going to remember the circumstances thay got us here. Eventually he’ll be caught. But for the moment, he’s your champ.

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  • I’ve really got to question why John Kruk is the guy with the biggest voice on this event on the sportsleader. F- to ESPN. Where’s Gammons, at the least? Really awful that they don’t have some serious minds on board to put this thing in perspective. They just announced that Kurkjian will be coming on soon, but really, is that it? And so long after the fact? Pathetic.

    YF August 8, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Okay. They’ve now had on some thoughtful voices, including Lance Williams, coauthor of Game of Shadows. But it took too long….

    YF August 8, 2007, 12:51 am
  • congratulations barry bonds…in the greatest country in the world, where so many men and women have given their lives to protect our freedoms and such rights as to be considered innocent until proven guilty, barry should be given all the credit in the world until and if such time as baseball can actually prove that he cheated and that alleged cheating has helped him achieve this record…until then, and only then, this record should be celebrated…since bpud and company has largely been asleep at the switch during this period of suspicion, his pompous indifference to bonds’ closing in on the record [i don’t care that he attended some games, check his comments and body language throughout] and his hands-in-his-pockets reaction to bonds tieing the record has been embarrassing and uncomfortable for baseball…bpud’s greatest accomplishments will go down as not attempting to address one of society’s [let alone baseball’s] biggest issues, but solving the monumental problem of tie games in the all star game, and screwing the out of market baseball fan whose only connection with their favorite team is the boob tube…some will give credit to aaron for delivering that rather awkward congratulatory message, which was let’s face it, less than sincere, and a bit late in coming…crummy really…what a pathetic moment for our favorite sport…

    dc August 8, 2007, 12:52 am
  • If it gets broken by a player who never took steroids, some integrity is restored. If it’s never broken, it will always taste dirty.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 8, 2007, 1:47 am
  • i understand the allegations no sleep, but if he’s broken a baseball rule and it can be proven, then he should be banned, like pete rose…gaylord perry admitted doctoring the baseball and all he did [along with some other notable accomplishments] was win a cy young in both leagues, almost make the all-century team, and was inducted into the hall of fame…

    dc August 8, 2007, 8:00 am
  • It’s tainted, Barry.

    Bozo August 8, 2007, 8:33 am
  • I have to say the worst part of the whole event was the reaction of the Giants fans, who came off as a bunch of principle-less lemmings. I’d like to think that I would have lowered my head in shame, or turned down tickets to the game (at least then I could let people know that I refused to go, even if it meant missing history), not shown up. It’s naive to think that the stadium would anything but packed to the gills, but seeing the generous reception Barry received from his rooters was, to me, the most sickening aspect. And I don’t even really have my bee in a bonnet over Bonds taking the record, either.

    SF August 8, 2007, 10:58 am
  • I don’t blame San Francisco fans. I think any fanbase would have a hard time coming to terms with admitting and confronting the fact that someone who gave them so much happiness was a cheater. For the last 10 years, Bonds has been it in SF baseball. He has been the story. No one else. Baseball rooting is primnarily an escape from everyday drudgery. Can you blame people for wanting to be lost in their illusions?

    Nick-YF August 8, 2007, 11:08 am
  • Barry isn’t the first total prick to land on top of an ML leader board (Cobb, anyone?), and he’s not going to be the last. However much steroids helped him (and who knows what they added, or what the rest of the league was doing) he hit the homers. MLB, and Selig in particular, was entirely complicit in the shenanigans of the steroid era, as was every player, through their recalcitrant union. So we’re here and there’s no getting around it. 756 is a crap load of homers, even if you’re mainlining horse adrenaline and liquid tnt. SF fans see all the hipocracy and let the water roll off their collective backs. It’s a game, afterall, and they’re Californians. To all of sudden not show up at the ballpark on this day–what’s the point of that?

    YF August 8, 2007, 11:21 am
  • Of course the park was going to be filled, I never thought otherwise. But personally I would have refused the ticket. Again, Bonds setting the record doesn’t bother me as much as it does many other people. But I would like to think that it wouldn’t be worth celebrating in person, at the cost of a ticket, a beer, a hot dog, and a small slice of my own principles of who I vociferously root for.

    SF August 8, 2007, 12:45 pm
  • It seems odd to me that no one mentions the fact that Barry hit a number of those HRs off of pitchers that were also juiced – enabling them to throw more pitches and faster than they would have been able to do if clean. In fact #755 was hit off a guy who had a minor league suspension for steroids. Hearing Barry analyze his at-bats and how he knew from watching films that hitting a double on a curveball earlier in the game eliminated this particular pitcher’s most dangerous pitch… it strikes me that he might be one of the smartest and most prepared hitters to step up to the plate. I think his really unfair advantage over the rest of the league was to have Bobby Bonds as a dad. I guarantee no one else was sitting aroung at age 8 analyzing game tapes with a mojor league coach.

    rootbeerfloat August 8, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • rootbeer: there’s been discussion about the prevalence of steroids ad nauseum.

    YF August 8, 2007, 1:47 pm

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