Monday, August 6, 2007

Weighing in on 755

Saturday night, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, tied a longstanding record for career home runs in the Major Leagues by hitting number 755. He tied the great Hank Aaron who broke the record long before I was a baseball fan.

I love baseball and have ever since I was a kid. I love going to the ball park to watch games, and I really do love to see a great game. The Long Ball makes games exciting, and so being in the presence of some great players and watching them crush a ball can be a thrill.

I'm not a baseball purist, that is to say, that I do not mourn the breaking of records. Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. They are great milestones in history and it can be exciting to watch it happen.

That being said, I can't really say that I'm all that concerned with this one. Yes, it's too bad that the controversy surrounds it and it has to happen this way, but normally I would like to see history in the making. I don't feel that way with this one. I guess I'm ambivalent!

I would, however, like to see Bonds' record be broken. That may actually happen very soon.

Then maybe we will have something to celebrate in Baseball.


Brett Probert said...

For a second there I thought you gained some weight.

Keith McIlwain said...

My hope is that A-Rod overtakes Bonds...sooner rather than later. Hank aaron is a gentleman athlete, a class act, and Bonds is not in his league.