Discussion in 'Sports' started by onedomino, Feb 15, 2005.
Should Bonds quit now, before he tarnishes the Babe's record? I think he should. What do you think?
Ted Williams, the last major leaguer to hit .400, was right at .400 on the last day of the 1941 season. The manager gently suggested that Williams take the day off to protect his average. "Hell, no!", Williams snapped. He went 3 for 5 that day, finishing the season at .406.
Stan Musial, one of the greatest pure hitters of all time, was widely known as an easygoing, soft-spoken gentleman. The first - and only - time he ever questioned a called strike, the stunned home plate umpire looked into the Cardinals' dugout and ejected the MANAGER.
During a Yankees-Reds spring training exhibition game, a skinny Cincinnati rookie drew a walk, and charged down to first base in a dead run. "Look", Yankee great Whitey Ford called derisively, "there goes Charley Hustle". Pete Rose, of course - possessing no great strength or speed, proceeded to spend the next quarter-century rewriting the record book - fueled only by the will to win and a love for the game of baseball.
Bob Gibson, in a classic piece of understatement, once said, "I try to create an uncomfortable atmosphere at the plate for the hitter". Ummm....yeah - I'd say he did. I wonder how Barry Bonds would have made out - striding to the plate looking like the Michelin Man, digging trenches in the batter's box and hanging his head out over half the strike zone - against Gibby.
It's a different day, and a different game. I used to be the guy who could tell you the batting average of the bench-warming utility infielder on the last place team in the other league. But, watching the last few decades of baseball's increasingly wretched excesses, I just don't care anymore.
Dennis Miller - even in the days before he began his slow, painful crawl toward sanity, once directed a comment toward major league baseball that applies quite well:
"You've shattered forever the illusion that any of it matters."
Barry Bonds is the worst thing to ever happen to baseball. If he had stayed off the roids and continued his decent career, great. But he has become third** on the all time HR list due to the use of steriods. I hope he does leave baseball, especially before he breaks Hank Aaron's record.
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