Barry

The MLBlog posts continue to pour in with reaction to Barry Bonds becoming the all-time home run king. It’s his moment, and now the collective reaction is the proof of his career to date. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s his making. I’m not going either way on this one and will let everything play itself out over time, but the one thing that DOES stand out to me with this record is how I felt when I watched Barry give his speech following Hank’s video. Watching the emotional thank you he gave his late father Bobby, watching his heartfelt words, all I could do was wonder where that Barry Bonds was hiding for these past two-plus decades. I’ve been around the game that long as well. I wish I had seen that guy a lot more often. It felt for a moment like he was unquestionably one of us, one of countless millions of ordinary people who just love baseball and have been part of the passage of the greatest rite of all. How many fans before that moment could even tell you what Barry’s voice sounded like other than a sound bite snapping at media? As a lifetime honorary Hall of Fame voter for the Baseball Writers Association of America, I’ve got a presumptive first-ballot vote waiting for him five years from whenever he hangs up the spikes. The only question is whether anything will unfold between now and then that could keep him off the ballot. Now it’s time to tack on more homers and make A-Rod’s mission a little harder, and it’s time for the court of public opinion to keep weighing in as you are doing now. No matter how you feel, I think you have to agree that the man with the mic was someone you could have liked a lot all along. If only that moment could have been multiplied by years and years. What do you think? That’s what I remember about 756. Not so much the homer itself. The human being emerging.

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This is an interesting piece on Barry, in case you’re interested.

http://baseballevolution.com/asher/aaronprojection.html

http://jc_baseball_analysis.mlblogs.com/

Nice post, I felt that as well. Just a thought-no matter what unfolds, all those blaming the use of steroids in MLB on Barry is like blaming the sub-prime lending meltdown on the on the most visible defaulter. The vast majority of those borrowers were intentionally led down a path that benefited the lenders, just as the vast majority of those athletes were intentionally led down a path that benefited the owners. Just curious-if you put that much money out there, how many of those young men would be able to resist doing anything they can to get some of it?

I believe that Barry Bonds should be ashame of himself. One must think if at night when in bed with either his wife or one of his mistresses, if he thinks about how bogus his accomplisments are. Of course he is not the only cheater in the league, but he is the only cheater who has unfortunately gotten this far!

I’m surprised you didn’t mention the absolute class Hank Aaron showed with his video. Regardless of his personal opinion of Bonds, Aaron showed that the home run record isn’t so much about the man as it is about the game, something the current commissioner could learn.

But Selig is the only person who is going to end up with an asterisk next to his name.

-Sid McHenry

http://thecaliforniateam.mlblogs.com/

Well thats just half an opinion. Too bad your a Yankees fan cause I’m probably 100 times the one you are and believe that hate it or love it, Mr. Barry Lamar Bonds is one of the three best if not thee best hitter of all time. Until Barry is found guilty of lying to the jury or tests positive, i dont see * next to his name.

I THINK THAT BARRY ” CHEATER ” BONDS IS A DIGRACE TO ALL THOSE THAT PLAY MLB PAST AND PRESENT . HANK AARON WILL BE HOMERUN KING IN MY BOOK UNTIL SOMEONE BREAKS 755 WITHOUT USING STEROIDS. LETS GO YANKEES!!!!!!! FU BARRY

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