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The story behind the home run story

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 24, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_121347.jpgWhen the season started, it seemed likely that Barry Bonds would have 755 home runs by now and that Alex Rodriguez wouldn’t be close to 500 until September.

Yet here there, two of the most compelling figures in baseball two home runs away from major milestones.

In working on a story on A-Rod reaching 500, I wondered what fans thought about him now in relation to Bonds.

For years now, Alex has been booed at almost road game because of his record contract. Even with Yankee fans, his popularity is never a sure thing. Do you think that will change once Bonds is the home run king?

Bonds used steroids to get where he is (and if you don’t believe that, please read Game of Shadows and get back to me) and is by all accounts a loathsome individual who treats people poorly.

My working theory is Rodriguez will become a more popular player because fans will want him to displace Bonds at the top of the home run charts. A-Rod has his quirks but he has worked hard to get where he is. People would feel better about baseball with Alex holding the most cherished record than Bonds.


Agree? Disagree? I’m curious what people think. Comment away.

If you’re from Westchester, Rockland or Putnam counties and want to provide a quote I can use in my story, please e-mail me.




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