Love him or hate him, we have a new all-time home run champion. I never thought I’d see Hank Aaron’s record fall in my lifetime. The most hallowed record in all of American sports has been surpassed amidst a ton of controversy over the Bonds’ alleged use of steroids.
I honestly don’t think I could say anything about this that hasn’t already been said. The information that has come out over the past three years about the rampant use of steroids in Major League Baseball is discouraging. Barry Bonds being the central figure of the “steroid era” makes this historic moment feel cheapened. As a big fan of Ken Griffey Jr. in his prime I’m also a bit dissapointed that it wasn’t him who broke the record.
I do think it’s interesting that baseball fans have already seemingly moved on to the countdown to when Alex Rodriquez could potentially surpass Bonds on the list. Records like this are the kind of thing you secretly hope would remain unchanged. But most fans can’t wait to scratch out Bonds’ name in favor of someone else. Anyone else.
We like seeing names like Ruth, Maris, DiMaggio and Aaron at the top of the all-time lists. While it’s hard to say goodbye to Aaron as the Home Run King, that title now belongs to Bonds. That’s going to take some getting used to.