Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Record

Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home run record on Tuesday. You know this already. No matter how much Bonds insists that the record is not tainted, the record is tainted. He knows it, you know it and I know it. He may never officially get nailed for using steroids (or steroid-like substances) but the fact is that millions of people are convinced that he has used them. That's enough to taint the record. The fact that someone even asked him the question afterwards means that the record is tainted. SI.com ran a picture of the back of Bonds in his Giants uniform and replaced the 'o' in his last name with an asterisk. Fantastic.

While I was working out yesterday, I was subjected to seeing the home run over and over and over. I watched him celebrate outside the batters' box and trot around the bases until he stomped with both feet on home plate and raised his hands to the sky again. His son rushed out of the dugout and hugged (and probably said something like, "Congrats. I love you, dad.) him as he stood at home plate but Barry didn't move. Barry never returned the hug to his son. Barry never even acknowledged him after he let go. Bonds turned to his teammates and celebrated with them briefly. Barry Bonds is so much about Barry Bonds that he couldn't even return his son's hug while he stood at home plate. It was almost as if Barry was annoyed that his son was stealing his spotlight. This is why people hate you, Barry. You only give a damn about yourself. That's why you took steroids and got huge after Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire had their little home run chase. You couldn't stand not being in the spotlight.

I just hope A-Rod stays healthy long enough to break the new record.

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