Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs was tied by Barry “Mr. Steroids” Bonds.
From the Washington Post:
For 86 years of baseball history, until Bonds connected against Hensley at 7:29 p.m. PDT, only two men had held the sport’s most cherished record: Babe Ruth, from 1921 until 1974, and Hank Aaron, from 1974 until now. But there is now a tie atop this hallowed list, and any day now, for better or worse, the record will be Bonds’s alone.
That Bonds now holds a share of Aaron’s once-sacred record — with the possibility that his next swing will give him sole possession — is the source of much consternation and angst within baseball. Allegations of steroid use have accompanied the latter years of Bonds’s career, when his offensive production soared at an age when virtually every other slugger slipped dramatically.
He is accused of using illegal performance enhancing drugs, to such effect that, he, in the season he turned age 37, hit nearly three times as many home runs as he had hit, in the season he turned age 27.
That, his head in that same span, grew one hat size; his feet, three shoe sizes.
Barry Bonds represents a time in which the fans’ confidence in what the game means has been shaken.
America’s pastime. Well, I guess America’s pastime should reflect American values, and, in this day and age of the Chimpy Administration, it means cheating, lying, scandals, and the ends justifying the means. I guess you have American values down pat, Mr. Bonds. You will get no congratulations from me.