As the Cheater, Barry Bonds, goes looking for his 755th homer to supplant Hank Aaron as the all time leader, a few comments are necessary.
It is nice to see the classy Aaron keep his distance thereby making a statement of disdain for Bond’s obvious use of steroids. Hank will not be part of this charade. An honest workman who overcame racist hostility, he was an extraordinary hitter. As for Bonds- just look at his body and compare the before and after sterpoids. Even his head and feet are bigger! Bonds has put up numbers no player past 37 has ever done. He would be a shoo-in for Hall of Fame without the juice but he made his bed and most of baseball correctly wants nothing to do with him. And Bonds reciprocates daily with his sneering attitude towards all and sundry.
But there was Wayne and Janet (Gretzky) wishing him the best on the scoreboard in Frisco. Ignore the celebrity tripe. As a matter of fact ignore almost everything Gretzky says-outside of hockey. As an American he was a cheerleader for Bush’s war. Don’t expect anything but banality from Wayne. His comments reflect the under read and over privileged.
All home run chasers inevitably get compared to the Babe.
The Babe was in a category by himself, a force of nature who comes along once in any sport. There was nobody like him and there never will be. To gage an athlete compare him to his contemporaries. Babe was beyond the pale in this regard. Some years he had more homers than the rest of the teams combined! Plus he not only hit for power but for a lifetime .342 average. Then toss in his 99 wins as a pitcher and his impeccable instincts as a right fielder.Ruth as Duke Ellington said about Ella Fitz, was “Beyond category.”