BONDS CHASE HEATS UP
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reports on the poll that signifies there is a racial divide when it comes to Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time homerun record.
Barry Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record has fans divided. Their view of the race depends on their race, according to an ESPN/ABC News poll. The study revealed that 74 percent of African-Americans are rooting for Bonds to break Aaron’s record, compared with just 28 percent of whites. Asked if Bonds knowingly used steroids, 76 percent of whites say “yes” versus 37 percent of blacks. While a decent segment of both races believes Bonds has been treated unfairly, they disagree over the cause, with 27 percent of blacks — and 1 percent of whites — attributing it to race. Nearly 800 adults participated in the poll, conducted March 29-April 22.
At this point I’m indifferent to Bonds becoming the all-time leader in homers. But I am curious as to how some believe Bonds has been treated unfairly. I’ll need some examples from someone. When you consider his alleged perjury, use of illegal drugs and failed MLB drug test for amphetamines, (in which he initially blamed his own teammate) Bonds seems to be living the charmed life.
He could just as easily be suspended from MLB or in jail rather than trying to crush homers. Treated unfairly? He’s made of Teflon.
The other oddity is that Hank Aaron is the current leader. I can’t quite understand why black people would want Bonds–a black man with a very tarnished reputation–to break Aaron’s record, one of the greatest and most respected players ever.
Whatever the case may be, Bonds will likely break the record later this year. It will something I want to see for the sake of baseball history. But when we look at the number on a computer screen or see it in the paper, my guess is 100% of us will always have that strain of doubt and the feeling that the record carries much less significance than it should.
[tags]Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, MLB[/tags]