Wednesday, August 08, 2007
No, I Did Not See It
No, I did not see it--Live.
No, Fate would not allow it.
No, I did not witness Barry Bonds Hit Home Run Number 756.
No, I did not see Number 25 Exult in Glory.
And No, I did not witness him PRANCE AROUND THE BASES and Point his Fists and Index Fingers Up In Joy.
Nor, did I watch Fans at AT&T Park enjoy the spectacle.
Yet, I don't feel cheated, lost or disappointed.
You see--Barry Bonds represents all that's bad in Sport Today for me.
Selfishness, Greed & Self Promotion. All for One--as long as Barry Bonds is The Only One.
The New Home Run King only cares about himself. Never has he worried about anyone else.
And NO, I don't feel bad about writing these beliefs. Truly, I feel Barry Bonds has been bad for My Favorite Game.
Something ESPN Chastised Bonds for during every day of his pursuit of the Home Run Record. Yet, Relished In Bond's Moment this evening. What a Flip-Flop, by the So Called World Leader in Sport.
Bonds' Giants have never won The World Series in My LIFETIME. And, San Francisco will never rejoice in such glory over a Championship with Barry Bonds at The Helm. Justice has already been served. Deep Down, Even Bonds Knows That Fact.
No, I don't feel sorry for Our Washington Nationals for being a part of his history. No, I don't feel sorry for Mike Bacsik, either. Why would you? A Journeyman Pitcher is going to be remembered FOREVER. Its safe to say that less than 1% of baseball fans had ever even heard of Our Number 37 before the 2007 Season. Now, Mike Bacsik will be linked to The Record In American Sport.
But, I do feel sorry for This Great Game. Because, Major League Baseball let their house get out of order.
In the effort to gain back lost market share and fans in the Mid-1990's--after a KILLING Lock Out of its players during a contract dispute--baseball decided to turn its back on The Truth.
A Truth that Many Players were Cheating--FOR YEARS--Physically Enhancing themselves at the expense of honest competition.
Now, this is the result. Baseball is left in limbo. The Great Game never to be The Same. How fitting that The Record Home Run came moments before "The Bewitching Hour"--a few moments before Midnight--Eastern Time. Major League Baseball will be haunted by this moment for years to come. And, I will always look upon Bonds with shame.
Thankfully, this day, I am assigned to cover A TEAM EFFORT. The Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour. The Selfless People of NASA making an effort to improve life for EVERYONE--Not just looking for the Glory of The Individual.
The Contrast could not be Greater. Never is The Need Of The One--More Important--Than The Needs Of The Many.
No, I did not see Barry Bonds Hit Number 756. I am not ashamed of that fact. Crew Call at Cape Canaveral for me this morning--3AM.
How fitting that while Barry Bonds left tonight's ballgame to celebrate his Individual Triumph--His very own San Francisco Giants fell apart. On the night their Number 25 made History--he didn't care whether his team won or not.
How Sweet--that Our Washington Nationals actually came from behind to victory, 8-6.
The Most Hallowed Record In American Sport Will Forever Be Designated With An Asterisk--whether that mark becomes official or not. The Public Knows The Truth.
Yes, Barry Bonds became "The New Home Run King" last night. And No, I did not see it. I did not rejoice.
Outside of San Francisco--I would bet a far greater majority of baseball fans did not wish to see this moment, either.
For This Morning--Baseball is a Lesser Game. And So Are We, As People.
Tonight's InGame Photos--(Associated Press)