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I'm 72 and I'm not hopping on a plane for anybody
"I'm 72 years old, and I'm not hopping on a plane and flying all the way to San Francisco for anybody."
Who said it? He's pretty quotable.
Hank Aaron in reference to Barry Bonds.
Schlottke hits a home run.
Bonds is a juicer. Why would anybody expect the great Hank Aaron to give any validity to this farce? If and when Bonds breaks it, he will bask in the dim light of his own obscurity and shame.
Last edited by Spicoli; 04-17-2007 at 04:26 PM.
I think that that is wishful thinking on your part Brother Spicoli. Alot of people (myself included) still are major Barry Bonds fans and will be hoisting a cold one in his honor when he breaks the great Aarons record. Bonds gives no indication that he feels any shame whatsoever and as far as obscurity is concerned, Barry continues to be the most interesting player in the game. As his agent said, "No one changes the channel or leaves for a hot dog and beer when Barry comes to the plate!" Barry may be hated as much as he is loved in baseball, but he will never become obscure!
Originally Posted by Spicoli
It will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts if he doesn't break the record at home. The SF fans will obviously lap it up, even though he has never reciprocated by being a nice guy to anyone.
Originally Posted by MOJO
Originally Posted by matclone
Brother Flop the Nuts,
Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts
Quite a few SF fans DO feel that Barry has reciprocated as a nice guy and returned our love for him. He always tips his cap, tosses foul balls to little kids in the stands, sponsors his fair share of charities and youth groups, but most importantly, damn most importantly...., especially during his 5x MVP era (not counting the 2 in P'burg) EVERY SINGLE TIME THE MAN STEPS IN THE BATTERS BOX, every SF Giant fan feels HOPE, true, genuine, child-innocent HOPE, that something GREAT was going to happen. And about 1 in 7 times, it did! I can't tell you how many times I have held the HOPE that is BONDS in the palm of my hand, up late at night on the East coast, hoping for that great swing, that explosion of a connection that signifies the opening of the doors to glory, then to have that hope REALIZED!!! You have to experience it to understand it. I can't even think of an analogious wrestler, with the possible exception of watching Kenny Monday and Andy Seras in their prime. Both guys would always seem to get that big throw or shot for 4 or 5, and like Barry, displayed supreme self confidence that said " Wasn't a matter of IF just WHEN buddy!"
I really believe that this confidence is the at the core of Barry's mistique for Giant fans, and its his gift to us. In that moment, WE know its a matter of when too. For a moment, we OWN the opposing pitcher, catcher and manager. I don't expect fans of other teams to understand this, and I can even understand the distain that some folks have for the great man, if the hope that Barry provides is not destined for you and your interests. I can imagine that you will just react to what you read or hear in the media. But for those of us who are lucky enough to have him fighting for our cause ( a formerly consistant now turned pathetic team with a glorious history now relegated to trying to win a pathetic division) well, Barry has truely been a gift from God.
My greatest curiosity for Bonds is to know what stats he would have generated had he not juiced himself with youth potions. Just how many of the dingers would he have with a clean bat ? I suspect it is a most unfortunate situation for him and baseball, that he would only be down 40-50 HRs from his current position. If so, then it is most unfortunate that he has stolen 2 of the greatest days in baseball of the past 30 years from the fans.
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