As I write this, Barry Bonds has just blasted 756* off Washington Nationals' lefty Mike Bacsik at AT&T Park, literally 25 minutes ago. It is well-known that all Sportscenter, as well as every other news program in the country, will be talking about is how there is a new home run king*. While Bonds may have 756*, we must remember the man who hit 755 (notice the lack of an asterisk). For those who remain in the dark, most notably, people in San Francisco, or those who have not read Game of Shadows, you can find the brand-new epilogue to the book at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/baseball/mlb/02/27/shadows.afterword/index.html. The fact of the matter is, Bonds used steroids. Hank Aaron did not. And for those who want to droll on and on about how it has not been proven, how pitchers may have used them, you are just in denial.
The Home Run King is Hank Aaron. The seasonal home run king is Roger Maris, or, if you want to look at the fact that the Bambino played less games, then his 60 home run campaign is the best of all-time. This is the steroid era. We have seen figures such as Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Ken Caminiti, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds, among others, come and drastically change their bodies over the course of their careers. This amount of change, to all those who want to debate it, comment below, is unnatural. So the following is my word of praise to the true home run champ: Hank Aaron.
Hank, you hit 755 home runs the fair way. Be proud of yourself, because in 29 Major League Baseball parks, you are the home run king. Barry Lamar Bonds may have just hit 756*, but you did 755 in a time of incredible difficulty. Hate mail, racist cheers, etc. The commissioner was not at either yours or Barry Bonds's record-setting night, but the reason Faye Vincent never attended your feat was because he was a racist. The reason Bud Selig was not there was because he knows the truth. He knows that Bonds took an unfair shortcut to surpass the most hallowed mark in sports, and for that he will rot in hell. As former Brave Dale Murphy, and it could be another Brave, I saw this quote on ESPN tonight, said, and I cannot find the exact quote, so I will paraphrase: What Barry has done is unfair. He deserves all this hatred. He is a bad teammate, and a bad person, and if Hank had all the advantage Bonds had during Aaron's time, Hank would have hit 855. But Hank did not have those advantages, and knowing what type of a character Aaron is, he would not have used steroids if they were available. He did not want Bonds to break this record, despite the forced congratulatory message he left on the Giants jumbotron for that cheat Barry Bonds to hear. And, in a way, he has not. What is the point of breaking a record if you will not be remembered 50 years down the road as the true king. Barring other players breaking Bonds record, and they probably will, people will forever remember things as they truly are: Henry "Hank" Aaron is the home run champion of Major League Baseball.