My Thoughts on Bonds Breaking the Record August 8, 2007Posted 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.