Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Bonds Hits 756
Barry Bonds was 1 home run away from getting to 756 homers in his MLB career yesterday. In front of the San Francisco fans, he did not disappoint.
Bonds came up in the 5th with no one on. He had a full count against pitcher Mike Bacsik. Bonds drove an inside pitch way out of the park. As soon as the ball was hit, Barry raised his hands in triumph and trotted around the bases like he did the other 755 times. He was greeted by his son, and his teammates. After the homer, Bonds gave a salute to the San Fran fans. ''Thank you very much. I got to thank all of you, all the fans here in San Francisco. It's been fantastic,'' he said shortly after crossing home plate, his godfather, Willie Mays, at his side.
Hank Aaron was also there and congratulated Bonds on the record. ''It is a great accomplishment which required skill, longevity and determination,'' he said.
''Throughout the past century, the home run has held a special place in baseball and I have been privileged to hold this record for 33 of those years. I move over now and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family on this historic achievement.
But many people will not recognize this achievement, as many think the record, "will always belong to Aaron", or "the record is tainted forever". For all the people that think that, just be quiet. Bonds has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in his life. Just because he made a large improvement in body stature when he went from Pittsburgh to San Fran doesn't mean he took steroids. It was around that time that athletes did start training more.
This guy had Hall of Fame numbers before all of the controversy came up. Don't forget that Bonds had quite a few MVP's and 30-30 years before the steroid problems came up.
"Right now, I'm very happy that it's all over with," Bonds said long after the Nationals defeated his Giants, 8-6. "I'm really happy with my teammates. That's the most important thing. And the fans, like I said, the fans here are my family."
"No one will ever take that away. No one can ever take that away."