By Mark Heiman
I’ve had the question posed to me a few times lately. Even once on vacation when a guy found out I wrote sports for a living.
“What do you think of Barry Bonds going for the record.”
Well after this week, my first answer is that he’s cutting into my precious sleep time, because The Courier sports department is waiting as late as possible for each of the Giants’ games until he breaks the record.
But the truth is I don’t know what to think.
One side of me says that it is a great accomplishment. Hitting a round ball with a round bat is very difficult. To hit it that far over 750 times is a helluva accomplishment.
Then again, how many of those home runs were all thanks to his bulking up with steroids, HGH, etc.
But the dark reality is that Bonds is a cheat.
Granted cheating is a part of baseball — spitballs, loading bats, phantom double plays. But those don’t lead to records being set. Getting that big, that fast now that’s what leads to records being set.
Maybe he shouldn’t be able to lay claim to the record.
Share your thoughts with me. Should their be one of those stupid asterisks next to his name or should he be the home run king? Let us know.
As a bit of an aside, make sure to check out the print or web edition of the paper. I wrote a story on the Feathers bobblehead, which depicts Arlington’s David Featheringill. I had blogged about the bobblehead being created and thought it would be a neat story, considering how unique it is.
Also, make sure to get buzzed early next week with Dave Hanneman. Hanneman will be traveling to Latrobe, Pa., to try and catch up witih Ben Roethlisberger at the Steeler’s training camp. Hanneman will blog from Latrobe Tuesday.
Speaking of football, don’t look now but two-a-days get going Thursday, while the rest of the fall sports begin their coaching a week from Monday. In just two weeks, the golf and girls tennis seasons begin in earnest.
Where oh where did my summer go?