Sunday, August 05, 2007
San Francisco's Barry BALCO Bonds tied Hammerin' Hank Aaron's home run mark of 755 last night against The Padres.
I read this morning over at Sports Illustrated that Bonds drew a mixed reaction from the crowd at Petco Park after he homered off Clay Hensley. And it's no surprise to this baseball fan that several fans held up asterisk signs and Bonds was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning.
On a more postive note - the real baseball news of the day happened earlier when NY Yankee Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run, becoming the youngest player to reach the 500 mark.
I was playing with some anagrams for Barry Lamar Bonds and found it interesting that these almost sound like headlines...
BAN BARRY. ARM SOLD.
BORN A SLY DRAB ARM
BARNYARD ARM SLOB
DRAB BARRY SALMON - Yeah, there's something fishy about that guy...
LARD MAN BARRY - SOB
It's also interesting to note that Bonds hit the tying homer off a former Giants draft pick who was suspended in 2005 for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy. Perfect. I can hear Bonds now claiming that since he was hitting against another cheatin', drug usin' liar that that should cancel out any fowl play. Nice.
Aaron considered his career record for total bases, and not the home run mark, the best measure of him as a ballplayer.
As Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson put it "I guess you can call him (Hank) the people's home run king."
I think one of the posters in the crowd put it best: "Babe Ruth did it on Hot Dogs and Beer!"
And by the way, Padres won 3-2 in 12 innings and the Red Sox have the best record in baseball right now with 67 wins.