With a short swing and a strong shot for all the doubters, Barry Bonds* (asterisk mine) caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record Saturday night.
No. 755 was an opposite-field drive to left-center, moving Bonds* (asterisk mine) within one swing of having baseball's pinnacle of power all to himself.
It was a long time coming.Commissioner Bud Selig stood up and put his hands in his pockets while Bonds' family hugged and high-fived. When Bonds* (asterisk mine) crossed the plate, he lifted his batboy son, Nikolai, and carried him several steps in an embrace.
The Petco Park crowd stood and cheered, with some boos mixed in, when the San Francisco slugger homered off Clay Hensley in the second inning. Several fans held up asterisk signs. Bonds* (asterisk mine) was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning.
The 43-year-old star has been shadowed by suspicions of steroid use for several years, which some fans feel has tainted his chase for the home run record. Bonds* (asterisk mine) did it, and Bud Selig was there. According to this AP account, Selig stood but didn't applaud.
As I've said before, I think it was right for Selig to be there to witness what happened to Major League Baseball on his watch.
He was there when the monster he helped to create tied baseball hero Hank Aaron's record.Selig stood and took in the disgrace that he allowed to swallow up the game.
I hope he's there to watch every wretched moment when Bonds* actually breaks Aaron's record. He should be there to watch Bonds* round the bases and render MLB's home run record worthless.
Look at this disgusting MLB site. It makes me sick.
In summery, Bonds is a cheater. Bud Selig ignored the problem and has to live with it. As far as I am concerned, Hank Aaron is the REAL home run record holder.
Yes, I have read "Game of Shadows." Some will say everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Yes I agree with that. However, facts are facts. Bonds DID use steroids and even if their use was not against MLB rules, they were against the law.
If he was innocent of all charges, why is Greg Anderson sitting in jail? Why will Anderson not answer questions pertaining to Bonds.
The following was taken from Wikipedia concerning the Greg Anderson-Barry Bonds case.
On July 5, 2006, Anderson was found in contempt of court by U.D. District Judge William Alsup for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating perjury accusations against San Francisco Giants' player Barry Bonds.
Bonds appeared before a grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids case in December 2003 and is reported to have denied knowingly using performance enhancing drugs. Anderson, denied bail, was immediately sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin California. Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, said he would file an appeal based on his assertion that the subpoena to testify violated Anderson's plea bargain agreement in the BALCO case.
On July 20, 2006, Anderson was released when the grand jury's term expired without indicting Bonds. However, Anderson was immediately subpoenaed to testify before a new grand jury that will took up the case. Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, stated that Anderson will still refuse to testify, and on August 28, Anderson was again found in contempt of court and sentenced to prison.
The bottom line is that Bonds cheated to get the record, committed a crime when he was involved with steroids, and committed perjury in front of the grand jury.
If his records are not stricken, they should at least have a asterisk place beside them. After all, Roger Maris' record has an asterisk and he didn't cheat or do anything illegal.