Monday, August 13, 2007


I have a near-mint Hank Aaron card from about 1968 stashed away in my safe deposit box. I want to be able to get it out in another twenty years when I'm about 70, and just sit and gaze on it. He will always be MY home run king.

I like to think Alex Rodriguez might be able to eventually catch Barry Bonds, but Bonds may end up in the AL as a designated hitter for a while. I can see Bonds trying to break Japan's Sadaharu Oh's professional players' record of 868 HRs, and if Bonds DHs for a while, I don't see why he couldn't at least get past 800 homers and into the 850 range.

I think it's a shame baseball has a drug problem. I love the game so much, I hate to see it hurting itself. Anyway, Barry Bonds does have the home run record now, love that fact or loathe it. I'm not sure what to think of Bonds, but I do know that when it comes to home runs, Hank Aaron will always be my guy.


Blogger DivaJood said...

It's not just because Hank Aaron was a class guy as a player, it's not just because he did it on sheer athleticism, it's also because Barry Bonds is SUCH an asshole that Aaron will always be a lot of people's real home-run king.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

"Hammerin' Hank" is from Mobile, and many people in the two-county area think of him as a hometown hero. There's even a minor-league baseball stadium named in his honor, the home stadium for the Mobile BayBears. For many of us, he's still the true home run king, partially because he was born and raised in these parts, and partially, as Diva said, because Bonds is such an asshole.

Oh, and I think the DH needs to be done away with. It keeps players long past their prime in the game. If you can't contribute in some manner towards defense, you shouldn't be swinging a bat.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I agree with both of you.

The DH eliminates some of the managerial strategy involved in the game, and as you say MC, it does tend to keep one-dimensional players in the game longer. In all the talk about different "eras" in baseball, how about the "DH era"? Players who set hitting records that are aided by their having been a DH... should those records have asterisks too?

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I think records aided by the DH should have an asterisk. Using the DH is like watching a porno with all the good bits bleeped out and blurred.

2:46 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Baseball's been dead to me for a long time, even when Atlanta was winning the world series year after year.

Like politics, there's too much money involved. Todays professional athlete player is yesterdays gamecock.

Those that support "enhancement" drugs need to look back at our opinions on what the Soviets did with athletes.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I like Aaron. As for Bonds: *

6:48 PM  

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