Bonds just hit 756...

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    Aug 08, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    ...thoughts? Does he deserve the "asterisk", the boos, and the widespread indifference?
  • jc_online

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    Aug 08, 2007 12:08 PM GMT
    I think it's a great accomplishment - congrats to BB and the SFGiants fans! I think the asterisk will fade over time, but it is a rather big deal now to some.

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    Aug 08, 2007 7:29 PM GMT
    It feels like that Mark McGuire vs. Sammy Sosa homerun "race" a few years back drew more attention to baseball than this. I think it's awesome and a phenomenal accomplishment for Barry Bonds but its being mired by the steroids scandal. Some might say he got this far with performance enhancers, but how can we really know? We can only speculate. But beating an all-time homerun record? Historic. And fact. Can't wait to see how many homeruns he ends up with.
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    Aug 08, 2007 8:28 PM GMT
    I won't even watch the clips. I think it's a stain on baseball.
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    Aug 08, 2007 8:36 PM GMT
    I was there, being a partial season ticket holder.

    My own feeling is that it is a tainted record, but so are most of the records. My feeling is that steroids have been used by many, including day-to-day players, and, for that reason, baseball is as culpable as Bonds is. They've let this go on with a wink-wink for decades.

    Also, I feel that much of the "booing" has as much to do with the "booers" perceptions (who probably never did anything but cheer McGuire.

    The odd thing about those who chafe at this record is that Bonds, if he took steroids, did so when he bulked up in the 2001-2003 period. He was hitting home runs and being a terrific player before...and he's been tested routinely the last three years, and he still is hitting home runs.

    Take away how many of the home runs he hit in that three year period? Answer that...and he'd still be close to the record, without that.

    It's clear to me that people hate him for other reasons, the way he deals with the media, for example, and I do believe that the relative reverance people feel for McGuire vs Bonds is an indication that at least a few are booing for racist reasons.

    I say, good for Bonds. The asterisk will fade...as the use of amphetamines in the 1950s and 1960s, never shouted out, never underscored, and probably associated with lots of records, also has faded.
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    Aug 11, 2007 3:33 AM GMT
    I'm not too upset with the concept that he probably juices, its the inability to tell the truth about it that I can't respect. A closet is a closet. I say ( for all sports) level the playing field, let everyone do whatever with chemicals. Hey thats all food is. If everyone has the same opportunites, then alls fair.
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    Aug 12, 2007 3:18 AM GMT
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    Aug 12, 2007 3:56 AM GMT
    What an ugly slur on anal sex. He'd probably have hit his mark far sooner had he really took it in the ass like a man instead of taking it in the veins like a pussy.
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 12, 2007 4:14 AM GMT
    I think Bonds was just playing by the unstated rules of the game. MLB failed the sport by letting steriod abuse go on for so long.

    756 is a great accomplishment, but let's be clear, let's face the fact: steroids = cheating. Bonds was a great player without them, but chose to drug down to advance himself. So I don't see any reason to cheer for his chemically-assisted accomplishment. Sorry, just don't. His home run record will be the same one as those East German womens' olympic swim teams' gold medals, that is to say, pretty much worthless.

    Funny story...appearantly the cleanest sport in the world is MMA. UFC and Pride regularly suspend fighters and even strip championships if they test positive. Who would have thought?