Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Barry Bonds...Is he the Greatest?

Let’s start with something near and dear to my heart. I was watching as Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run last night and I found it a moving experience. Most of us will never be in a position of greatness like he was last night and I honor his achievement. Many will say it is a tainted record but I see it differently. Any advantage he used is no different than what others have done in the past. If you remember, in the 80’s there was a situation where many major league ball players got in trouble for using speeders to stay up during the long grind of a 162 game season. How is this any different than what Barry has been accused of? They used artificial means to maintain or improve the quality of their game. And take a guy like Gaylord Perry. He admitted to doctoring baseball to get more movement and thus make it harder for batters to achieve success. He is a hall of fame player.

I am in no way saying that I agree with what Barry is accused of doing but I think it is hypocritical to place standards on a man who has done nothing different than other players have done in the past. If it wasn’t for the fact that he approached and eventually broke the most hallowed record in sports this wouldn’t be an issue.

Years ago, when I was still playing ball, players from my team had a discussion on who the greatest players at each position is. One guy mentioned Barry Bonds as the greatest left fielder. This was 8 years ago. There were arguments from almost everybody but it was, in my honest opinion, a foreshadowing of things to come. I think there is no question that Babe Ruth was the best of all time but I think that it could be said that Bonds is the best of his era. 7 MVP awards speak for it self.

That’s enough on this issue unless someone has a comment.


Mrs. PE had her .. birthday yesterday so we went out for a nice dinner and she got a free margarita to go with it. We had a cake back at home that was made by the kids and we opened presents before sitting down and watching a movie. Not an exciting night but a celebration none the less.

It is Wednesday so play the Mookie on Full Tilt. The password is vegas1 and the tourney is filled with donkeys of various skills. It’s also a deep stack event so you get the extra play that more chips allows you experience.

Thanks for the comments from Shelly and Trip. I know it was the right thing to do because I’m so full if integrity. Maybe I’m full of something else.

Anyway, have a great day and maybe I’ll see you on the virtual felt.

1 comment:

SirFWALGMan said...

Well I did not comment but I think you are a big crybaby.. If you had real integrity you would not be blabbing to the world.. lol.

I am conflicted though because I like torturing people and so I think you did the right thing.

When my chat was banned they did not give me a warning or anything. Full Tilt chat banning has double standards and they are all tards.