We all knew it was only a matter of time before Barry Bonds hit homerun number 756, but when it happened, it still left me a little bit awestruck. As a child I remember watching a VHS tape of Hank Aaron’s record breaking shot and thinking how cool it is. I suppose some day I’ll show my children a youtube clip. Some random points and thoughts:
The homerun call on FSN (right) is much better than the one on ESPN. The FSN announcer realized much quicker that the ball was going out, and really made the call special. The ESPN announcer initially called it as just another homerun.
Both announcers commented that “Bonds stands alone” while he circled the bases. It is quite a coincidence they both used such an unusual phrase.
On the pitch immediately before the homerun, Bonds hit a foul ball down the first base line. The Nats first baseman threw to the pitcher (who came over to cover first), and the pitcher tried to catch the ball behind his back (and failed). This event is only viewable on the ESPN feed.
I’m really glad he hit #756 at home, because it would have been something of an embarrassment to have one of baseball’s most sacred records broken while the crowd booed. Furthermore the after HR celebration, including the fireworks and video from Hank Aaron were entirely appropriate. Had Aaron broken the record on the road, it is possible he would have been booed due to the color of his skin, and the post HR festivities certainly would have been abbreviated. Had that happened that clip which enchanted me as a child would instead have been viewed as a disgrace (and possibly not even made it onto the VHS tape). I don’t know what the final verdict on Bonds’ steroid use will be, but for now I don’t think it matters – the HR record is something special and almost magical in and of itself. To have people booing it would ruin the image.
Regardless of his personal feelings about Bonds, Aaron did the right thing when he made the video which played after the historic homerun. Truly a class act all the way.
Why does youtube insist that they can only post videos to blogs that use livejournal, blogger, wordpress, friendster and piczo? As can clearly be seen by the embedded video above it is possible (and trivially easy) to embed youtube video into any HTML page, they simply don’t want to support it.
Without going to look it up, how many of you actually know the final score of the game? (Except Nats and Giants fans of course).
The fan who caught the ball was escorted out by a phalanx of police officers. From the video (above) it looks like they are holding him rather roughly, as if he’s a criminal, which I don’t completely understand.
I’m setting the over-under on lawsuits claiming rightful ownership of the ball at 3.
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8-6. Oh wait, I’m a Nats fan so it doesn’t count. I do want it noted that in each game where he was hitting home runs recently, the Giants have lost the game. Then again, they haven’t been winning a lot this year.
I will tell you a few reasons why I would boo Bonds. For one, I think he is an asshole who believes that baseball owes him and his family for some injustice that he thinks was done to his father. Second of all, he took steroids. Do I have proof? Only that he testified to having done stroids, albeit unintentionally. He wasn’t the brightest bulb in the batch, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he really didn’t think to suspect that his trainers were giving him anything “hokey”. As for the lack of positive tests, the whole point of BALCO was to come up with “smarter” drugs that couldn’t be detected. It wasn’t just baseball remember.
I noticed the same thing about the police and Matt Murphy. Like “how dare a non-Giants fan catch this ball!” There was quite a scrum going on there for the ball and it certainly showed on his bloody face.
Anyhow, I’m glad that it’s all over and we can get back to just watching baseball. I don’t expect Junior to get his 600th this year (although it would be nice) and I don’t believe anyone else is close to a milestone (unless you count Bobby Cox).
Bonds may have hit 756 homeruns – but as it is nearly certain that he cheated, his “record” deserves more sidenotes than did Roger Maris’ 61 in 1961. Those who play with contempt for everything except for their own statistics – especially when they violate the law (regardless of whether or not MLB banned steroids, the law is still the law) – do not deserve to have their “records” so honored. Therefore, the homerun champion is still Henry Aaron with 755 – and Barry Bonds with 756***********.