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My Thoughts on Bonds Breaking the Record August 8, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, MLB, Sports.

Last night, Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning.  The home run was hit in the deepest part of AT&T park. Bonds made history by becoming the new home run king, breaking Hank Aaron’s 33 year old record.

After the home run was hit, fireworks were fired as Bonds ran the bases.  When he landed on home plate, he embraced his son, and threw up his hands in victory.  The game would be halted for nearly 11 minutes to celebrate the historic feat. Hank Aaron did not attend the game, but delivered a speech to Bonds congratulating him on breaking the record.

While it was an historic night, I was bothered by a few things.  First, I felt that Hank Aaron should have attended the game.   Many people are praising him for delivering the speech, but in my opinion the classy thing to do would have been to make an appearance.  When Bonds came around to home plate, Aaron should have been standing right next to Mays ready to congratulate him.

I was also upset that commisoner Bud Selig was not there.  This was a 33 year old record that was broken.  It was an historic night for the game of baseball, and the commissioner of baseball of all people did not attend.  He should have swallowed his pride, showed some class, and attended the game.  Once again, Selig managed to let his ego become bigger than the game.

That’s not the only thing Selig did that was appauling.  This was the statement that Selig issued to Bonds:

I congratulate Barry Bonds for establishing a new, career home run record. Barry’s achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.  While the issues which have swirled around this record will continue to work themselves toward resolution, today is a day for congratulations on a truly remarkable achievement.

Now, this statement really bothered me.  There was no reason that Selig had to bring up the fact that there were issues regarding the record and they will work themselves out.  That should have been left out the statement. He mind as well have said, “Even though you may have cheated, great job Barry.”  Only Bud Selig could manage to put a damper on such a historic event.

The bottom line is Barry Bonds broke one of the most historic records in sports.  The truth will eventually come out, but until then, Bonds is the new home run king.  It was a monumental event, but two people making their presence known would have made it that much greater.  


1. kidal25 - August 8, 2007

I believe B*nds cheated. But I do believe Bud and Aaron should have been there. I also believe that A Rod will break this in a couple of years.

2. Marquis Chapman - August 8, 2007

Yeah, Bonds cheated. I wonder what will happen once the truth comes out. A-Rod will definately break the record. He might get to 800.

3. The Mixtape Monster - August 8, 2007

I hate Bonds with a passion. Maybe it’s cause he’s a cheater, maybe it’s cause I’m a Dodgers fan, or maybe it’s just because he’s a complete arrogant asswipe.

If it was up to me, Griffey woulda never got injured and the prettiest swing in baseball would have that record.

4. Marquis Chapman - August 8, 2007

If Griffey never got injured, he would be the Michael Jordan of baseball.

5. Gerald - August 8, 2007

Neither had a personal responsibility to come to the wedding.

Would you invite your ex-wife and her attorney to yours?

And as for Selig, while I don’t agree that he needed to mention the “issues,” it does definitely make it apparent that Selig is thinking about that.

Honest or not, Bonds did break a record. Not just any record, but one of the most revered ever.

And instead of the media taking a hold of it and bringing up all the *, it looks like some of the actors in the drama are themselves. Now that makes the even bigger statement.

But I gotta ask, as people wondered who was going to be where for the big night, what if Bonds somehow clocked three in one game several games back?

Would it still be a question?

This is sport, after all, and there is chance.

6. otoy - September 3, 2007

asterisk *

7. FemaleFan - September 9, 2007

Of course Berry Bonds used steroids! It’s a shame too. I would have liked to have seen him or anyone for that matter achieve such an accomplishment without the steroids.

I have mixed feelings on the attendance, or lack of, on the part of Hank Aaron and Bud Selig. However, I did notice that during Aaron’s entire speech, best friend Willie Mays did not once look at the screen. In fact, his back was to it! Was there an intentional message being sent from Mays to Aaron?

Maybe one day we’ll find out exactly why Aaron did not support Bonds and we can discuss it under Beef in the future!

8. Marquis Chapman - September 9, 2007

Maybe so, but I think the real beef we’ll be discussing will be between Bonds and Selig.

9. Mr. Insider - September 9, 2007

My take:

Barry Bonds believes that he earned the record, and deserves to be recognized for the effort. IF he took substances that were legal when he took them, and not banned by MLB, he did not break the law or policy. Maybe stupid, but not illegal. Remember, Barry’s legal exposure is perjury, not substance abuse.

I stood three feet from Bud Selig when he visited SF a few weeks ago to (hopefully) see Barry tie the record in SF. I asked him “Bud, any comments on Barry, the record and the unproven allegations?” Bud replied (exactly his words), “OK now, last time I looked, you are innocent in this country unless or until you are proven guilty.” End of story.

As for Jr. and AROD, Barry told me the same night I chatted with Bud (It was the Bud and Barry Show) when I asked how he was doing under the pressure of breaking the most hallowed record in sports.
“Hey, there is a guy in NY coming up right behind me, but I am doing it now and for fun.” I asked Barry who he thought would have been the first to break Aaron’s record. He was quick with his reply. “Jr., I always thought it would be Jr., but he lost four years of playing time.”

So, let’s let the legal system decide Mr. Bonds’ fate. In the meantime, it will take AROD quite if few years to catch Barry’s record if Barry plays for 2-3 years and hammers another 90-100 dingers out of the park.

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