Balco Barry is literally days away from breaking the big 755 home run record (he has 745 as of 6:00pm tonight), and I would venture to guess that there has not been a less-anticipated broken record in the history of modern baseball. Hank Aaron has made it mighty clear that he sure as hell will not be there to witness his own record being surpassed ("I'm not going to fly to go see somebody hit a home run!"), and Bud Selig seems to be doing his best to weasel out of showing up without looking like too much of a scumbag (world to Bud: "no one will hold it against you".) ESPN has been attempting to draw some attention to the matter with increased stories on the website and a constant barrage of their "Chasing Aaron" coverage, which chronicles what seems like every single Bonds at-bat, warning-track hit, disgusted look, and self-satisfied smirk, but even their half-hearted attempt at fanfare hasn't stirred up much excitement from the general public. Very few athletes have been willing to offer up their comments one way or another (with the exception of Pujols and Ortiz, who have defended him, and Schilling, who called him not just a juicer but a tax evader and a wife-beater); most of the MLB community seems to be sick of the whole matter and eager for it to be done with.
I'm with them.
It is very disheartening to see someone like Bonds, who has been the antithesis of the image MLB would like people to associate with baseball, pass such a milestone dishonestly, but what is the alternative? Unless Bonds miraculously gets convicted of some sort of steroid crimes in the next week or so, he will break the record this summer and will add another achievement to his growing list of "look what a person can do when they take enough HGH to kill a bison" tab. While this is disappointing, does anyone really care? I don't know of anyone that believes that Balco B got to where he is today on protein shakes and a good stretching regiment, and while the record will have his name by it, the world knows that Barry's stats are inflated and thus the record is cheapened. The day he breaks the record will not be any different than any other day: Barry will thank himself for making himself such a home run king, and the rest of us will roll our eyes and keep our eyes on the man that will break the new career home runs record in a few years and without any unnatural substances - - Mr. Alex Rodriguez.
Labels: a-rod support, accolades, sketchy, steroids, you make me sick