Barry Bonds may have re-signed with the San Francisco Giants, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be in familiar territory this season.
The Giants’ slugger, who is giant in many ways, will be approaching a giant record this season: ‘The all-time home-run record.’ With only 22 homeruns to go before he eclipses Hank Aaron’s all-time of 755 homers, Bonds is going to break Aaron’s record barring any unforeseeable injury. And I can guarantee this, Bonds will not be getting hurt playing outfield if he is to get injured.
So with him all bur assured to pass Aaron in 2007, how is his passing of this legendary mark going to be perceived by Baseball nation?
It seems as if the San Francisco Giants’ fans are going to celebrate the homerun. Afterall, management re-signed Bonds on the basis that the home crowd wants to see Bonds break Aaron’s record in Giant’s uniform. Giants’ fans were the only fans in the United States who celebrated Bonds’ homeruns with little or no discord, while the rest of the baseball world booed and jeered Bonds’ pursuit of Babe Ruth’s and Aaron’s homerun marks.
Thinking back to when Bonds eclipsed the Babe as the #2 home run hitter of all time, I remember thinking that the reaction to the passing of that milestone would be bigger than the passing of the actual record. Afterall, Babe Ruth is baseball. And while most long standing baseball diehards are more timely-connected with Hank Aaron than a man who played baseball in the 1920’s, many people have a bigger emotional connection with Babe Ruth. People remember the Babe as an average, American man who came up from the tribulations of poverty to become one of the best baseball players of all time. His antics and charisma were unparalleled during his time, and it made him that much more believable and lovable to the American public and the history books.
So when Bonds did hit his 715th homerun and there were all of the boos and the critics who thought that Bonds’ passing of Ruth was just a dreaded day in sports history. And when the analysts bashed and criticized Bonds in the post game reports of that same game, I became curious as to why something like that could be hated when there are so many other situations like this occurring in society and in sports.
For example, Shawne Merriman might very well be on his way to being better than Lawrence Taylor, and he just got off of a steroid suspension.
McGwire got cheered for passing Roger Maris despite the obvious fact he was using some type of performance enhancing drug just because it wasn’t illegal at the time he was using it.
People live by and purchase tons of goods that are created by outsourced employees who get paid pennies an hour.
And Jerry Springer was named Democrat of the Year in 2004 after demeaning the American public for so many years on his television show.
But with Bonds, his success was nothing but a criticized affair if you go off of the opinions of baseball diehards. But yet you are talking about the same group who praised Mark McGwire, glorified Jose Conseco and made Barry Bonds the MVP 4 times this century and then turned around and bashed him for their ignorance of the situation.
So how will Bonds be treated this season? Well, you can be sure that he will be booed and jeered. And it appears as if it will be even worse than passing Ruth. Some people are just so sickened to see that somebody who allegedly used steroids might pass Hank Aaron, who is one of the greatest gentlemen to ever play the game.
Well, rest assure, it’s going to happen. Bonds will pass Hank Aaron on the all-time homerun leader list. But people will condemn him until the cows come home. People will boo and hiss him for weeks to come. Passing the record will sure cost him a hall of fame election any time in the near future. And people might even get violent considering the magnitude of this record in the sports world.
But when Bonds does hit that 756th homerun and breaks that giant record, I hope to God it’s in San Francisco, because otherwise, nobody will cheer the passing of a great record. Because the cheers surely won’t come during the post game report.