756. f*** an asterisk.
Strange fist tap to Poplicks for breaking the news for me. I woke up in the middle of the night on the couch in Little Dork’s room and got up to check my Email and saw that, much to the chagrin of insufferably self-righteous White sportswriters across America, Henry Aaron’s home run record has fallen. Unfortunately, since someone was up hogging the TV *cough cough* I could not check Sports Center.
Again I say, I do not care much about steroid use in pro sports. All the horse hockey about the purity of the game and all that old timey bullshit harkens back to days that never were. There were always cheating, lying, abusive asswipes involved in professional sports, nothing has changed. There is money involved, how do you think people are going to behave?
Show of hands, how many of you have tried to hit a 90 MPH fastball? 80? 70? If any of you who have tried were able to consistently make contact around 2 to 3 times out of every 10 tries, you’re ready to be a major league baseball player. That’s a 70 to 80 % failure rate thereabouts (baseball stats is Verb’s thing, not mine). Think about that. There is a task out there so difficult that you can get paid to do it knowing that you will probably fail doing it most times.
The people who perform this task well don’t necessarily have to be cock strong. Making the ball meet the bat does require the ability to make the bat move real fast. However, to perform this task very well it requires coordination, great eye sight/depth perception, and perhaps more importantly, knowledge of the game and the ability to out think the pitcher. You gotta make contact to hit a home run. I know that’s a Yogi-ism, but it’s true, and so obviously true that people forget it.
Roids, cream, horse ballz, whatever Bonds took, if anything illegal at all, probably added a few years to his career in the National League (maybe without it he’s a DH for the Yankees or Red Sox, and getting paid less). I don’t agree that it made him hit more home runs. *
Bonds still has one more record to hold out for, Oh Sadaharu’s 868 NPL homers. Ganbatte! NOT!
Still, taking these substances are against the rules. Obviously I’m not big on rules . . . lol. However, if he’s caught, especially if he lied about it (duh), he must be punished for it. I don’t want that punishment to involve his record. It shouldn’t.
BTW, in case you’re wondering this is not a comeback post.
*Am I the only one who noticed? Why aren’t roids making these players any faster? Look what roids have done for 100 M champions over the years. These lazy ass baseball players should be FLYING around the bases, it should be nothing to hustle down the first base line on a ground ball about squeeze out an infield hit.