Sports Bonds is King
posted by August 8 at 8:11 AMon
As noted below, lots of moralizing blowhards will claim that Barry Bonds’ 756th home run is somehow illegitimate, since he’s alleged to have used steroids, human growth hormone, or other performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking for right-thinking baseball fans everywhere, I answer:
So fucking what?
As Chris DeLuca in the Chicago Sun-Times so ably argues, any attempt to put an asterisk next to Bonds’ record falls apart under the most cursory of scrutiny. Aaron hit his homers in an era when amphetemines were common as chewing gum in major league clubhouses—does this mean that his records, or the stolen base records of his era, are somehow tainted? What about the home runs hit by other alleged—or proven, as with Rafael Palmiero—steroids users? Do they get purged as well? And what about pitchers who use steroids: the kid who gave up Bonds’ 755th home run was actually suspended for steroids while a minor leaguer.
No. Whatever happens between the first pitch and the last out counts. Period. The record is now Bonds’, until someone else breaks it.