Friday, March 09, 2007

What About Bonds Is Worth Celebrating?

John Rocker, Gary Mathews Jr., David Bell...The situation involving performance enhancing drugs in baseball just isn’t going away. It’s strange. There isn’t a player now who can accomplish great things, especially involving power hitting, without the accomplishment being suspect. It’s totally unfair, I admit it, but I don’t believe what Ryan Howard did last season, or that Albert Pujols is really that good - unless something fishy is involved. I know Henry Aaron, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays didn’t use anything like that, but still had great power. So it is possible to be a tremendous power hitter without being on something, or even lifting a lot of weights. By no means has it gotten to the point where it has ruined the game, but there is little question it has tainted it. That’s why I hope baseball doesn’t celebrate Barry Bonds’ breaking Aaron’s home run record. It’ll be bad for the game, a real scarlet letter on it. What is worth celebrating about that?

Random Thoughts

- Something about Michigan playing Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament brings out the worst in college basketball. Good for the Wolverines - they won the game. But that was just an awful game. Same for last March when the two teams played in the conference postseason tournament.

- I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed by Joey MacDonald when he played for the Red Wings, so I guess it was a bit shocking he beat New Jersey like he did the other night for Dave Lewis and the Boston Bruins. I wonder if Lewie will start MacDonald Sunday against the Red Wings?

- Want my impression of the Tigers from when I was in Lakeland? Honestly, they looked terrific. The caliber of this team is so much better, even in exhibition play, than it used to be that it’s incredible.

3 Comments:

Blogger ThinkingMan said...

Hi Pat,

As far as I'm concerned, Barry Bonds is the poster boy for everything that's wrong with modern professional athletes. He's aloof from the fans; he's arrogant, selfish and surly with the media (accept when it suits his purposes). It was his massive ego and petty jealousy of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa that made him start using steriods. As a result, Bonds is a walking chemical lab and a frigging cheater.

If you think about it, he has, mostly likely, led a warped existence his entire life. His father and god-father were major leaguers during his formative years. His poor attitude and the way that he treats people connected with baseball are, at least in part, a reflection of Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays. Barry Bonds has led a life of privlege from birth and it shows. He makes no connection with the avergage fan because it is simply not in him to do so.

Whatever the case, I can't think of a single ballplayer I would less rather see hold any meaningful record. For me, his "accomplishments" are hollow and cheapin a game that I dearly love.

1:03 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Thinkingman,
I agree with you about Bonds. His background is a huge reason why he is like he is. He was raised with everything going for him from his father's wealth to his own incredible talent. It is a major reason why he is as arrogant as it gets.
Caputo

1:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty common stance on Bonds it seems. I am right there with you. I have a baseball message board and would love for you to contribute. Check it out at www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=106169 . It’s really easy to make an account, and we’ve already got some good topics started.

5:32 PM 

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