09 August 2007

756*

As usual, The Onion nails it:

Destruction Of National Pastime Given Two-Minute Standing Ovation

money quote:
Moments after Bonds crossed home plate into the loving arms of his family and the eventual judgment of history, he addressed the fans, thanking them for their support on his long, hard road of perverting baseball.

"Thank you very much. I got to thank all of you, all the fans here in San Francisco. It's been fantastic," he said to his deluded and complicit home crowd as his godfather Willie Mays, a fading symbol of what baseball once was, stood at his side.

As soon as Bonds completed his self-congratulation, a self-conscious gasp could be heard as a videotaped message from Hank Aaron was played over the video screen, sending surprise and a fleeting moment of uncomfortable self-awareness through both the crowd and Bonds himself.

"Throughout the past century, the home run has held a special place in baseball and I have been privileged to hold this record for 33 of those years," said Aaron, whose legacy of persevering with profound personal dignity through racism and persecution to become the all-time home run leader will hopefully not be tarnished by public acknowledgment of Bonds.

"I move over now and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family on this historic achievement," Aaron concluded, displaying infinitely more grace than Bonds, baseball fans, and perhaps even baseball itself had any right to ask of him.

4 comments:

JimII said...

I keep going back to this story and trying to find a way to tell people to settle down and give the guy a break because that is my natural disposition.

Can't do it. Right or wrong, I think he cheated and I think he deserves an asterisk.

JohnS said...

Tiki Barber got it right on the 8/9 Tonight Show - MLB had no rule against steroids; the owners and league were well aware of such enhancement use and did nothing about it, because it brought fans into the stands. If you want to condemn all of major league baseball as complicit in an immoral conspiracy, so be it.

Criticizing only Bonds for playing under the rules as they exist is unfair.

Matt Dick said...

What does it mean that baseball has no rule against something that it illegal? johns, would baseball honor a record that a person killed another person to attain? Baseball has no rule against murder, but we'd think of baseball's rules as a subset of the law of the United States on some level, wouldn't we? Especially if the breaking of those laws substantially led to enhanced performance?

wluib

JohnS said...

Unlike murder, the use of steroids is not, so far as I can determine from a search of the codes, illegal in either California or Federal law. Providing them, prescribing them, manufacturing them, distributing them all do seem to be restricted.

So, if Barry Bonds is found to have participated in the use of steroids, and if he is determined to have done so knowingly, then it would be reasonable to assume he had participated in an illegal activity. Allow me to extend to Mr. Bonds the standard presumption of innocence in legal matters which we customarily allow to all people in such conditions.

But MLB surely didn't care. Sports that care, enforce.