Well, from a purely numerical standpoint, Barry Bonds is the major league record holder, but myself (and most other Atlantans and baseball fans in general) would say that Hank Aaron is still (and, potentially, will always be) the home run king.

Maybe I’m splitting hairs and getting caught up in syntax and nuance, but in an era of alleged steroid use by Bonds and others and the reprehensible neglect and potential animal cruelty of our own Michael Vick, it’s refreshing that someone like Hank Aaron, who lives and works here in Atlanta, has only grown in stature over the years. Sure, he’s still not getting his full due, but maybe Bonds usurping his record will only make folks appreciate Aaron that much more.

So, love or hate Bonds, we all now have to deal with this number. Personally, I vote for an asterisk or at the very least a reconsideration of his elbow armor.

Either way, I’m a little bit sad this morning. Maybe the San Francisco Metbloggers can grace us with their thoughts here or on their blog, but I doubt it’ll change many minds.

My final words: Hank Aaron*

*Home Run King

UPDATE: The DC Metblog has some ire for Bonds, who hit his home run off a Nationals pitcher.

6 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    arod will break the record if he stays healthy anyway.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    I’m in the camp of “Bud Selig needs to come and and say if he considers Bonds a cheat or not” and then strip Barry of this record and all MVP awards, posthumously strip Ken Caminiti’s MVP, Jason Giambi’s too, not to mention silver slugger and gold gloves of any potential cheat”

    Ain’t gonna happen, near enough all awards in the last 15 to 20 years would be vacated.

    And if your going to split hairs about the “armour” what about Craig Biggio padding (seen here)? Strip him of a few hits? Jeff Bagwell wore a HUGE pad on his right hand (seen here), how many homers did that give him? Thats the first two other instances I can think of off the top of my head, I’m sure there are a dozen others easy.

    I’m sure Bonds has taken steriods, I’m sure hundreds of others have too, until there is a positive test then it’s nothing but heresay, so no asterisk, at least not yet.

  3. j.verhine (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Bonds hit 756 over the fence to better pitchers, some that could have equally used steroids, or, vaseline on the ball. I don’t particularly like baseball, but he achieved a milestone, and the league has not prevented him from doing so.

    Might as well add asterisks to everyone.

  4. d.ortiz (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    “I’m sure Bonds has taken steriods”

    That’s a known fact. The issue is whether he knew he was taking them. He claims he thought it was flaxseed oil. Right.

    “he achieved a milestone”

    Bonds would have been a first-ballot hall of famer in any league without steroids. He’s immensely talented and can accomplish virtually anything on the field. Apparently, though, that wasn’t enough for him.

    Asterisk or not, the guy is a fraud, and we are under no compunction to acknowledge his accomplishment just because MLB tells us to. Baseball exists in the mind and memory of the viewer, not in some stats book published by Selig and Co.

  5. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    I agree Greg. Whatever integrity the game has left would be cast out when we start wiping records over hearsay and illegal grand jury leaks – regardless of how copious or convincing they are.

    On another note, I find it incredible how Gary Sheffield has gotten a total pass on this.

    I also find it interesting that Pac Bell / AT&T Park is never considered a factor in Bonds’ increased production.

  6. Uniter not a Divider (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    Ah, it’s so nice to see something Americans can come together over – black, white or Asian, gay or straight, conservative or liberal – we can all agree on our hatred for Barry Bonds.

    It is so refreshing.

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