Tuesday, August 07, 2007
And then there was only one......
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new home-run champion of all time, and his name is Barry Bonds, with a nod to Milo Hamilton, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Henry Aaron's 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth.
Love him or hate him, you CANNOT deny that Barry is the greatest all-around hitter of our lifetime. Unless you wipe out ALL MLB records from 1985 on, you can't take this away from him, regardless of whether you want to or not. Like John Kruk said tonight on SportsCenter, if you go after one, you'd better go after ALL of them and you'd better GET all of them.
I love Henry Aaron, he was a remarkable player and is a great humanitarian and leader. What happened tonight in no way denigrates his achievements, and his statement on the video board at AT&T Park once again reminded us of the class with which he has led his life.
Even before Barry ALLEGEDLY took steroids, he had won THREE Most Valuable Player awards (and I argue he should have won a fourth, in 1991) and was on his way to Cooperstown. Nothing Bonds has done since should change that.
Yes, many people whom I hold dear have commented on my earlier post that he cheated, that he doesn't deserve it, yada yada yada.
Bless your hearts, I still love you all.
I have NEVER seen any other batter in my lifetime intentionally walked with this bases loaded, like Barry. I have never seen any other player in my lifetime who frightened pitchers the way he has. As a hitter, he has no peers. NONE.
Barry, relax and enjoy this record, because Alex Rodriguez will take it from you by 2015!