Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bonds Hits 756

Well, Barry Bonds now has the Major League Baseball home run record. Like him or not, and I tend to fall into the not category, you have to admit that steroids or not, Bonds is probably has to be considered the greatest hitter in the history of the game now.

I've heard a lot of people complaining today about the body armor Bonds wears when he bats, and while I agree that fifteen years is far too long for the medical exemption that allowed him too where it, if you're the pitcher facing him you have to find a way to back him off the plate regardless of his elbow armor. Either throw at his head, or stop bitching.

As an interesting side note to the event, the pitcher who gave up the record breaking home run was Mike Bacsik Jr. His father, Mike Bacsik Sr. faced Hank Aaron in 1976 as a member of the Texas Rangers when Aaron's home run total was 755. Mike Sr. got Aaron to fly out to right field before yielding a single in Aaron's next at bat. Aaron never homered again.

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