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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

BONDS CHASE HEATS UP

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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]

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    Its ashame that someone like Bonds will break Henry Aaron’s home run record. Then again, its ashame that there is such a poll regarding America’s past-time and race. A poll like this may have made sense during Aaron’s tenure, considering receiving daily death threats and playing in the nation’s Civil Rights hotbed, but I dont know how anyone could attribute race with Barry Bonds and breaking the record. Compare the status of society for Bonds and Aaron and you’ll see a massive difference. Aaron was a cultural leader while Bonds is just a defiant stereo-typical professional athlete.

    Bonds is a jerk. He’s scoffed at the media for years and ignored the fans who’ve cheered for him. When the heat is put on him, he acts like a child that’s being picked on and then screams at and blames the media for trying to exploit him. He’s been the focal point of baseball’s steroid issue, however, he’s felt he has no reason to even speak about it. He’s let other fellow athletes take the blame and remain in the spotlight, but he is only focused on breaking a record. Unfortunately (at least in my opinion), it will be the greatest sports record broken that people will place higher importance on the runner-up.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Well said. And there will indeed be many fans who do not acknowledge him as the Home Run leader.

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