Barry Bonds: 73 Homeruns
At first, the record stood for thirty four years, (Ruth/Maris) then for thirty-seven, (Maris/McGwire,) by now it was only a three year old record and by the weekend of October 7th, 2001 the record was not only broken, but in a sense crushed all hope of the pitchers regaining the supremacy of the baseball mound 60 feet, 6 inches away from the plate.
The man who broke McGwire’s record was Barry Bonds, but his last name is practically the exact opposite of who he really is. Many times he has refused to speak to the media after a big homer, brushed off kids trying to get his autograph, and somehow, he saw no problem with his actions.
Now, in the Post-Season of the year, 2001, a man named Ruth is fifth in the top ten for most homers in a season. Yes, some could say that records were made to be broken, but in ’27, when Ruth hit that then historic 60th Homer, he did not think anyone would ever break his record; “Let’s see some other son of a bitch break that,” was Ruth’s comment to the press.
When Bonds broke the record, against the L.A. Dodgers, in an 11-10 loss, set two records. One which will be forever forgotten in the history books, longest nine-inning game in Major League history, (four hours, twenty-seven minutes,) as well as the record that will stay in the books for at least a few years. However, this season was not like 1998, the fans didn’t have anyone challenging Bonds, except for Louis Gonzalez, who was usually some five homers behind him. Ruth had history chasing him, Maris had Ruth, Mac had both Sammy Sosa and Ruth to challenge, and here Barry Bonds was, with basically no one to challenge except for himself.
Bonds said he did not care about the home run record, but almost all of the fans are certain that he was just saying that for the media, (which was one of the few things he did say to the media,) rather then actually meaning it. Hitting 70+ homeruns is a big record to try to break, and to actually have the possibility of breaking the record, how could the man not “care about the record.” His San Francisco Giants have been a contending team throughout the last few years in the post season, but even though the Giants weren’t able to make it past the regular season this year, the fans will still be talking about Bonds record during pre-season baseball, after all he did break one of baseball’s most cherished records. Bonds may appear in a completely different uniform next year, (he is a free agent after this year,) but his record will most certainly stand from the day he broke it-October 7th to at least 70 or so games into the 2002 season. Yes, Barry Bonds broke one of baseball’s most cherished records, but, a little over a month after the tragedy in New York, does any one really care? Does the number “73”, have the same magic as “70” did in 1998? I don’t believe that it does, or ever will.