On August 8, 2007, Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run in the major leagues, passing Hank Aaron as the all-time leader.
Those are the facts….but does public perception match?There was remarkably little fanfare when Bonds set the record. For the days leading up to the event, media speculated as to whether commissioner Bud Selig would even attend. Bonds was embroiled in the steroids scandal and many fans didn’t want him to break the record.
Ironically, many fans didn’t want Aaron to break Babe Ruth‘s record, which he did on April 8, 1974. Much of the resistance to Aaron was based in racism, but in the case of Bonds (one African American man supplanting the record of another), it seems to be that much of the public just didn’t like Bonds. Aside from his cheating, he had a history of being pompous, gruff, and standoffish.
Many seem to still honor Hank Aaron today as the home run king, even though Bonds passed him. Just about all baseball fans know the number 755, and even the number 714 (Ruth’s total that was eclipsed by Bad Henry.) Few know Bonds’ final career total of 762. Maybe that’s because it hasn’t been even 5 years since Bonds hit his last homer and because nobody is close to challenging him for the record yet.
Posted: February 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM | 46 comment(s)
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