This weekend turned out to be the biggest milestone weekend in years with Tom Glavine getting his 300th win, Alex Rodriguez hitting his 500th home run, and Barry Bonds tying Hank Aaron’s home record. Hideki Matsui even became the first Japanese player to hit 100 home runs, but that was completely overshadowed by the other achievements. With all of these amazing accomplishments come big questions. How does Glavine rank with the game’s best pitchers? Will A-Rod eventually break Bonds’ home run record? What will be the reaction to Bonds’ breaking Aaron’s record?
Let’s begin with Glavine, where he is only the 23rd pitcher and 5th lefty to win 300 games. When you think of great pitchers, Glavine isn’t the person who comes to mind, but should he be? His 3.41 career ERA is excellent and 300 wins makes him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but if you are picking the best ten pitchers of all time, is he in it? I’d say no, but it is not Glavine’s fault. In this era, pitchers pitch fewer innings, giving them less chance to pick up victories and complete games. That makes 300 wins even that more astounding. Here is my list of top ten pitchers of all time: Continue reading “Milestone Weekend”
As Barry Bonds inches closer to home run 756, the media attention continues to increase and scrutinize every move made by the all-star left fielder. Whether you hate Bonds or you love him, all of this attention over him breaking Aaron’s record gives Bonds justification that he is the true home run champion. If everyone ignored Bonds and his home run chase, than how could Barry feel like he had accomplished anything? If no one cared when he broke the record, Bonds would feel as if it didn’t matter and that he truly was undeserving. All of this media attention is playing right into Bonds hands.
What if no one did anything when he hit 756? What if no articles were written on it and fans sat in the stadium ignoring him? The only think worse than being hated, is when no cares about you. That is the perfect treatment for Bonds. No articles. No interviews. No clapping. No booing. Nothing. Just silence. Think about the message that would send to Bonds and other players using steroids: You Don’t Count. All of your achievements are meaningless, because you cheated to get them and we are not going to recognize you for anything you accomplish.
As Barry Bonds gets closer to 756, fans’ taunts and insults increase and become even more hate-filled. Most people will never like Bonds and never accept his record, but the few people who do support him are mostly San Francisco Giant fans. With very few days left before he breaks Henry Aaron’s record, Bonds has the opportunity to give back to the fans who have stuck by him through the BALCO Scandal, steroids, and possible tax evasion. The All Star Game is in San Francisco and he must play in that to gain any sympathy from his hometown fans. Beyond that though, Bonds needs to play in the Home Run Derby. He needs to put on a show for his fans and let them enjoy it. Every city across America hates him except for San Francisco, yet when he has a chance to thank them, he blows them off. “I have nothing to prove” Bonds said, but here he is wrong. He has to prove that the loyalty the Giants’ fans have showed him is a two way street, that it is reciprocated by Bonds. If I were a Giants fan, I am sure that I would have supported Bonds through thick and thin. When he has a duty to show his commitment to us, I want him to do it and if he doesn’t, I would feel insulted. All my support was meaningless to him. Why should I cheer for him when he breaks the record? Why should I care about him, because he certainly doesn’t care about me? Barry needs to give back to his fans, show them he cares, and try to keep the few supporters he has.