Congrats to Barry
All the controversies, scandals, allegations and investigations aside, I have to say "Congratulations" to Barry Bonds on finally becoming the new home run king. I’m glad I actually was able to witness homer No. 756 on Tuesday night, too. As I hammered out the stories for last night’s Jays/Yanks game, we had the TVs in the pressbox turned to the Giants game.
We all stopeed writing for a second to look up, watching the baseball fly off Barry’s maple bat and into the seats. It was nice to see Hank Aaron give a nice message over the video board, and it was great to see the record broken. I don’t care what many of you fans might think, and you’re entitled to disagree with me, but I’ve enjoyed watching Bonds throughout his career and I think it’s a no-brainer that he’s a Hall of Famer.
I’m not sugarcoating anything that Bonds may or may not have done, but his career speaks for itself. I’ve never seen another player take better advantage of that one good pitch he might see in an entire week than Bonds. In his prime, when teams would even walk Bonds with the bases loaded to avoid pitching to him, there was no one better at doing that.
And, it was just my luck that he accomplished the long-anticipated feat on Tuesday — the day that I released Bonds from my reeling fantasy team! Of course, I retool my roster, which has been nearly as decimated by injuries as the Blue Jays this season, and Mr. Bonds goes 3-for-3 and sets the all-time home run mark. Ah, well. What can you do?
Anyway, congrats to Barry on an amazing accomplishment.