Congrats to Giants LF Barry Bonds on hitting the 756th homer of his storied career last night, passing Henry Aaron on the all-time home run list.

Yeah, it was an important homer and all, but what about the homers hit by Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez before that?

Seriously, I’m sure that I’ll be in the minority on this, but I’m a big Barry Bonds fan. Very exciting moment last night. (And if you saw it, you’ll agree that Aaron continues to be a class act.)

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27 Responses

  1. Jared

    I watched it because it was the biggest thing to happen in sports in my lifetime. I feel bad for people that missed it just because they don’t like Bonds. I feel bad for baseball that it wasn’t a likeable player. Imagine how different things would have been if it were Griffey chasing the record.

    Good for Barry Bonds. It’s too bad Bobby couldn’t have been there. Good for me because I’ll be able to go to bed at a reasonable time tonight without the fear of missing history.

  2. IamWallaman

    At first glance, that first sentence read like this:
    Congrats to Giants LF Barry Bonds on hitting the 756th homer of his steroid career…

  3. Jared

    Anyone notice the anti-steroid commercials during the game? Reminds me of the movie piracy commercial they had during the previews when I went to see Pirates of the Caribean.

  4. Kerm

    I will watch A-Rod stroke his 800th and that will be a bigger thing to happen in sports in my lifetime

  5. Sultan of Swaff

    Sorry, but to honor such a ethically vacant human being is to bring into question your own loose standards, standars that shouldn’t be based on some sliding scale relative to other players. Yes, within the game there are countless collaborators and you can debate its effect, but we as fans have a choice here, one not based on suspicion and hearsay, but on ironclad factual evidence. To condone his choices is sad. I hope you don’t exercise this same ‘everyone else is doing it so it’s OK’ logic with your kids.

  6. hammer1

    I for one am glad it is over.

    If I was a pitcher facing Bonds at 755, and it wasn’t a close game or whatever, I would just soft toss one for him to jack out, just to make the whole thing a complete mockery if it wasn’t already. That would tick off Bonds, Selig, SF fans, most columnists and talk show people around the country. A perfect storm it woulda been. 🙂

  7. Matt W

    At some point if you are still following baseball (and I would assume that on a baseball blog most of us are) then you have moved past the steroid issue in the game

    If you haven’t then what do you do; sit around and question everything that you see on a nightly basis?

    Like Bonds or not you can not dent the historical significance of what happened last night. There have been 20,000 men that have suited up and played professionally the game that we love and only two of them have reached the number that was reached last night.

    If you can not enjoy the moment as a historic moment in the sport that you love than you are missing out on the enjoyment of the game.

  8. Sultan of Swaff

    What was there to enjoy? A juiced up adulterous soon to be felon milking the moment for his own narcissistic gain. Yeah, it was historic (kinda like the collapse of Enron), but for all the wrong reasons. I’ll find my joy elsewhere, like in the first couple innings, thanking my lucky stars we don’t have Kearns on the team anymore. Did anyone else see him absolutely DOG it on the popup in foul territory and then on Bond’s double. What a lazyass.

  9. Jared

    I totally agree with Matt. I don’t like Bonds one bit but it was an important moment for baseball.

    And I disagree with Kerm. ARod breaking the record won’t be as big. He’ll be breaking a 5 year old record set by a guy no one liked. Not a 33 year old record set by a legend. Like most fans, though, I’ll be really relieved when he does. I think he’ll be covered as some kind of saviour, and it’ll be great for baseball.

    On the steroid issue — personally, my dislike for Bonds has very little to do with steroids. The way he acts is why I don’t like him. I think if people were to find out the real numbers of professional athletes who use steroids it would blow most peoples’ minds. If you think Barry Bonds and a few others (or even a couple dozen others) have tainted the game by using steroids, you aren’t even close.

  10. willy

    he forgot two things in his speech.
    Thank The Lord!
    and thank The Roid! 🙄

  11. Nick

    I was really hoping Bonds wouldn’t break the record. He is, and has always been, a classless jerk.

  12. Daedalus

    Baseball has eras. There was the dead ball era. then the ruth era, which came after spitballs were outlawed and balls were no longer used until they unraveled. funny how yankee stadium was configured back in ruth’s day. it was 295 down the rightfield line, just for ruth. and ruth played some before the ground rule double, so some of his “home runs” actually bounced over the fence. from all accounts, ruth wasn’t exactly a model citizen, either.

    this is the steroid era. pitchers and hitters alike took them. i wonder how many of bonds’ shots were off of steroid pitchers. seems to me those things cancel each other out and make steroids a mute point.

    so barry wanted to be the greatest. so did muhammed ali, but i don’t see anyone trying to trivialize his accomplishments. and pete rose? total ass. but no one wants to put an asterisk by his name. he used greenies, too, by his own admission. so did the rest of the big red machine. should their accomplishments be diminished?

    the negativity surrounding bonds has been fueled by the media and this whole prohibitionist, nancy reagan mentality that “drugs are bad.” every sport is filled with performance enhancers – it’s a part of life these days. bonds using performance enhancers is today’s equivalent of ruth using a 295 foot fence (on which he insisted, by the way) in terms of outcome.

    it’s amazing to me how people can say “ethically vacant human being” who have never met the guy and have formed their opinions based on what the media has told them.

  13. doug

    Ruth is an entirely different discussion.

    Barry Bonds broke the law and the rules of baseball in his record setting surge of HRs.

  14. Chris

    Did he really break the rules, Doug? There was no steroid policy in play for Bonds to break until what – 2003? And he’s not tested positive. I guess he broke some law or another, but I can’t get too bent out of shape about that. Just about a year ago, I used Diamox, prescribed for someone else, to aid my performance climbing Mt. Whitney. I’m glad I did it, too.

    Barry Bonds is a Rorsach test – we see what you want to see, and our reaction to Bonds says more about us than it does Bonds. I’m not judging anyone’s reaction, though I am pretty happy that the whole thing is going away.

    Yeah, Bonds is an a-hole, but I’m long past caring whether pro athletes or entertainers are nice guys and good husbands. So long as they don’t run dog-fighting rings or murder ex-wives and helpful waiters, I don’t care too much.

  15. doug

    Chris, that is incorrect. Steroids were against the rules in baseball. They just were not tested for until 2003 becuase the players union would not allow it.

  16. Y-City Jim

    Will Bonds have to live the rest of his life with his head as big as watermelon or will it contract to normal size once he stops taking the juice? Talk about a bummer of a side effect.

  17. Sultan of Swaff

    C’mon Daedalus, you can’t possibly be playing the media card, like they have some agenda here. That’s red state stuff. Life is about choices, and choices define you. He chose to cheat on his wife, cheat on his taxes, take a illegal substance (U.S. law, not baseball law), and lie under oath to a grand jury. I feel pretty comfortable judging his character based on that. Your assumption is that we’re singling him out, being ethically inconsistent compared to others. Fact is, I’d judge anyone with sufficient evidence because they’re not the sort of people I’d want my kids to emulate. The ‘test’, I suppose. But I think it’s reprehensible to say that drug use among athletes should be condoned. At what age? How much? What message does that send to the fringe player or the kid? How liable are the teams who employ these freaks due to health issues later in life? Talk about a slippery slope. It’s discrimination at it’s worst.

    p.s. Don’t think I have it in for you, I like reading your posts.

  18. Sultan of Swaff

    Intriguing revelation, Chris. Did you take Diamox knowing you couldn’t make it to the top w/o it or did you want to foolproof your chances? Also, did it diminish the feat in your eyes or don’t you hold an opinion either way?

  19. Jared

    Barry cheated, broke the law, lied, he’s a jerk. All bad things. But he’s also a bad teammate.

    He’s never shown any evidence of caring one bit for his team. More and more so over the last couple years, he doesn’t even seem to care if the Giants win a game. Monday night, with the game tied 1-1, he left after the 7th inning. The first guy anyone would choose to have in the lineup in a game tied 1-1 just didn’t want to play anymore, so he left.

  20. Kerm

    Jared I really think that when ARod or someone else breaks 755 it will be celebrated by everyone who felt sick watching Barry break the record. It seems as if you are from the same school of thought at least on that.

  21. Matt W

    And it will be celebrated by those that enjoy watching milestones get passed in their favorite sport

    By the way the homerun record is not my favorite record; mine still is and always will be the streak

  22. Y-City Jim

    I bet Hank Aaron shows up for A-Rod.

  23. Nick

    Daedalus, I’m sure your question was rhetorical, but I’ve never met Bonds, and with any luck, I never will.

    One of my first memories of Bonds was when he was in the news as a Pirate cussing out a reporter. If acting that way towards others was an uncommon occurrence I could get over it. Should I have said he is a jerk? Maybe not, you’re right, I’ve never met the guy – and I have absolutely zero desire to do so. Maybe he’s a great guy to be around when he’s not in the spotlight, but that doesn’t mean I have to like him. He should have the decency to treat people with a bit of respect.

    He’s far from alone in that regard when it comes to professional athletes, but show me an athlete who acts like Bonds and I’ll show you an athlete I don’t want to see breaking records.

    To me, this is like having Ryan Leaf break Marino (or Manning) passing records.

  24. willy

    yes because a-rod is classy. he likes the fans.
    and the fans like him