For what should have been a truly magical special moment to witness, I was completely non plussed by it. It seemed soulless and perfunctory. That’s not what baseball is or should be. There is definitely something wrong with this.
ESPN can try to spin this any way they want, but me, a huge baseball fan watched it happen and felt nothing.
I got way more excited watching Rickey Henderson hold a stolen base over his head than this.
Congrats to Bonds. It would be hypocritical for me to boo Bonds, and cheer for Giambi. So I’m going to have to congratulate him. Steroids or not, he’s a hell of a hitter, doing it in a hell of a pitchers park to lefties.
Selig and MLB in general closed their eyes to the steroids issue as the fans packed the seats in the 90′s–especially after the strike. The media did virtually nothing in the way of asking tough questions as homers were flying out at record rates in the 90′s and early 2000′s.
Now Bud and many in the media have decided to become high and mighty about Bonds with barely a reflection on their own roles in all of this.
Bonds, Bud, MLB and the baseball media–you all deserve each other.
I’m with RyanM — the whole NL avoided pitching to the man for over a half-decade and since 1993, he racked up his huge numbers in two parks that are absolutely horrible for hitters: the Stick and PacBellATTwhatever park. Bonds was the best player of the 90s before he (allegedly) began to juice and was a Hall of Famer in 1998/99 when Game of Shadows first claimed he started using ‘roids.
That said, I’ll be ecstatic if-and-when ARod overtakes Bonds, and especially if he does the deed in pinstripes.
Amazing! Listen to the horns honking, the crowds in the streets cheering, the fireworks popping. Look at the smiles on the faces of the little children whose parents’ woke them up to share in this great moment! See the–oh wait. Scratch all that. No one cares.
Bonds and steroids are a part of history. They will never be taken out of the books. We all know it is very likely that A-rod will pass him up. Hell, he has many years to go. Lets just hope most of them are in New York.
Quotable: “I heard somebody chirping when I was talking to Lyle [Overbay] … Tony Pena is running his mouth off and I was like, ‘What’s this guy running his mouth off for?’ This dude is a quitter. He managed a team and quit in the middle of the season because he couldn’t hack it.” — Towers
His momma needs to slap him silly for disrespecting a highly regarded baseball guy. Who does he think he is? Roger Clemens or something?
He also started for Alex after he hit him. And he doesn’t get ejected? I didn’t like Alex’s ‘Ha’, but I’m glad it’s got the Jays’ jockstraps all twisted in a bunch.
Five games is still a lot to overcome especially with the toughest part of the season coming up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited and I would love nothing more than the Yankees to storm back and take the East from the Red Sox but first thing’s first, find a way to take and keep the wild card lead.
Roger Maris received death threats. Ford Frick was not at the stadium when he hit 61. Frick was a friend of Babe. There were only 23,000 fans in the stands for the event. ESPN did not exist. I do not allow ESPN/Disney to define what’s important. I don’t care one way or the other about the guy tonight. All I know is the publicity forced by today’s mass media killed any chance I’d ever be interested in the event.
Did you guys see Mike Bacsik’s press conference after the game? Real likeable guy. Took it very well. Hopefully someone will post on YouTube for you East Coasters. Tip your cap to him. He went after Bonds and unfortunately ended up on the wrong side of history.
5 back… Ya know I want to beat boston not just to win the ALE but so we can watch all the ESPN “experts” put a sock in their mouth! Two months ago you couldnt turn on the tube, read a paper without reading how DONE the Yankees were.
I don’t terribly mind if people want to make a case Bonds is the greatest slugger of all time, even if you want to ignore the whole steroid scandal. But how anybody, anywhere, can pick anyone, as the best player of all time over Babe Ruth blows my mind.
It’s not because I’m a Yankees homer, it is because of two simple facts deeper than Ruth’s numbers:
1. He was the 5th greatest RED SOX PITCHER in all of history. If Ruth didn’t make the hall of fame as a hitter, he would have done it as a starter, show me Bonds’ pitching numbers, which, in today’s age, is an entirely different track of training and fitness and the two can never coexist in one player.
2. Ruth may have only hit 59 and 60 HR in a season while Bonds miraculously hit 73. But when Ruth hit 59, it was more than 8 teams.He had seasons of HR’s that were more than the rest of the league and he broke the single season record by almost doubling it. The man was not supposed to hit that many homers in the dead ball era when some stadium outfields were 500 feet.
Nobody, was a better all-around talented baseball player than Babe Ruth and nothing anybody can point to about Bonds, Aaron, Williams or anybody else can dispute those two facts.
Despite his early exit, Clemens picked up his 24th career victory against the Jays, which is the most of any pitcher in Major League history. It also marks a dramatic turn around from his last start, when he allowed eight runs on nine hits over just 1 2/3 innings.
Clemens (4-5) said after watching video of his last start he slightly changed the mechanics of his delivery to help improve the way he releases his pitches. It’s an example of the type of adjustments Clemens has had to consciously make in order to try and get back to his old form.
“I think I’ve just come to know it’s going to be this way all the way through,” Clemens said. “It’s a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t be back here if I didn’t think that would be the case.”
Torre also received an automatic ejection in the seventh inning because both clubs were playing under a warning after the third frame. It’s possible that both Torre and Clemens could be hit with a suspension from Major League Baseball as a result of the ejections.
“I don’t have any control over that,” Clemens said. “Obviously, I hope not, and it is what it is.”
Hopefully, A-Rod will keep his mouth shut. With the adjustments that Clemens made, LOL, he could get better. That’s just plain sick.
I agree with the first Alex. Bonds is the best player and deserves the record. I expect we will be able to say the same for Arod when he breaks the record. Hopefully he will be wearing pinstripes when he does.
Peter how come you haven’t written “G*iambi activated from the disabled list”?
When many of you check out Matsui’s first game at Yankee Stadium 4/?/03 next time it’s on YES, look closely at Giambi. He looks about 10 years younger than he does now, and that was only 4 years ago. Look at him now. Tell me he hasn’t been on something since 2003/4. He has. He looks worn out from drugs. He has a strange glare in his eyes he didn’t have in that Matsui game. Someone throw up a picture of 2002-3 Giambi then one of him last night. He doesn’t look the same and 4-5 years shouldn’t age you that much. It’s disturbing and sad. I mean I jumped back when I saw Giambi in that game cuz that was only 4 years and 4 months ago.
August 8th, 2007 at 1:29 am
Five games is still a lot to overcome especially with the toughest part of the season coming up. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m excited and I would love nothing more than the Yankees to storm back and take the East from the Red Sox but first thingâ€™s first, find a way to take and keep the wild card lead.
Jonathon,,,you are also going to be the person that says AFTER we take the lead, that it will be tough to hold onto it. This team has shaved 9.5 games off a 14.5 game lead. In case you missed it…lately they are playing super baseball, while Boston’s pitching is falling apart. 5 games back is a lot ? You are very silly, my friend. Yankees will be in 1st place before this month ends. Mark my words, then get ready to try to rain on the parade then too. It won’t work though, friend, Boston is done and the Yankees are playing their best ball at the best time….during the last 2 months of the season and will be continue to be the hottest team in baseball entering the playoffs, IMO. ( Oh, by the way, in case you missed it…usually the hottest teams at the end of the season that make the playoffs win the whole dang thing….) Pay attention Sir.,…you’ll see how a team that has a great “kick” at the end of the season does. You’ll also see how a team that has totally run out of gas, fades quicker every week. Boston will not even make the playoffs, IMO. Wait and see !
August 8th, 2007 at 2:19 am
5 backâ€¦ Ya know I want to beat boston not just to win the ALE but so we can watch all the ESPN â€œexpertsâ€? put a sock in their mouth! Two months ago you couldnt turn on the tube, read a paper without reading how DONE the Yankees were.
Chuck…Amen, brother ! But I would add that I would like to mute all ESPN announcers always. They are a bunch of Chris Berman clones and that dude is the most annoying jerk since Howard Cossell !!!
Speaking of lousy ABC/ESPN broadcasters, I am currently watching the YES broadcast of the 8/6/79 “Thurman Munson” game. Don Drysdale just said he thought the Yankees could make a charge at Baltimore from 4th place and 15 games out. They finished the season 13 1/2 games out.
It was strange, I had almost no reaction when I saw Bonds hit #756. I dunno it’s a shame there’s so much controversy about this. Here’s hoping Arod breaks Bond’s record one day hopefully in a Yankee uniform. Bring the record back home. I can imagine it, Arod breaking it at the new Yankee stadium, would be awesome.