I don't know what the count was. I don't know who the pitcher was. I haven't seen any replays.
I was watching women's surfing in the X Games on ESPN, when a bar at the bottom popped up and said "Bonds at the Bat" or something like that. I immediately took my attention off of the surfing and put it entirely on the little bar. I forget the exact sequence, partly because I was wondering what would happen if he did hit 755. Who knows, he might be hitting 756* as I write this. Anyway, this is as close as I can remember it:
That last "Ball" stayed up there for a while. I started to get antsy and worried. Then my fears came to reality as the bottom flashed with "Bonds Hits 755" and "Bonds Ties Aaron." (Remember, this isn't exact, as I sort of want to block this from my mind.) I stared in disbelief. I ran upstairs and told my father, who was asleep. He gave it a rather nonchalant reaction. Henry Aaron is our home run king. I went back downstairs to see if a replay would be shown, sort of hoping one wouldn't be. I then got ready for bed and haven't turned on the television since.
I feel as if everything is surreal. I ask myself, "Did he really hit it? Or is ESPN pulling a stunt?" I don't want to believe that he did it. Either way, I'm breaking out the asterisks.
So I don't really know what the point of writing this is. This is probably going to turn into one of those things like, "Where were you when he hit 755? 756*?" So there is my story of 755. It makes me wonder if any of you have stories like this, so if you do, please share them in another blog or in the comments.
This is my 755 story. Be ready for my 756* story.
By the way, the percentage in the title is the percentage you get when you divide 755 over 756.
In other news today, Alex Rodriguez, at 32 years old, became the youngest hitter to hit 500 home runs. Congratulations A-Rod. I hate you almost as much as I hate Barry, but I still want to see you break Bonds' home run record. That opinion could always change, however, once Jose Canseco gets his two cents or 300 pages in.
Also, with all the talk about Ryan Howard being the fastest to 100 home runs and the talk of him possibly surpassing Bonds, Aaron, or Ruth, what about Miguel Cabrera? This kid is 24 and already has four and a half years of big league experience and 131 home runs. I'm not saying he will break it, but he is definitely worth the consideration Howard is getting.
Just putting all of that on the table.
Note: I wrote this at 11:05 on August 4, 2007, but as it is basically 12 hours later, I know he hit it off Clay Hensley and I've seen replays.