Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run Sunday afternoon at home against the Colorado Rockies right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim. Interesting how these home runs have all come at home, in the Bay Area.
This translates into about 630 or so non-steroid home runs.
ESPN’s coverage of this “event” was notable in that their in-studio baseball guys, John Kruk and Howard Reynolds, decided to ignore the issue of Bonds’ cheating and paid homage to Major League Baseball’s biggest fake, fraud, and phony since Mark McGwire passed Roger Maris. Kruk has always been a no-nonsense kind of player and analyst, but when faced with having to comment on Bonds’ 715, Kruk suddenly turned into a gameshow host, congratulating Bonds and saying what a great achievement this was.
Reynolds was worse, as he said that 715 was a lot of home runs to hit no matter how a guy did it. In-studio host Dave Revsine –- to his credit — brought up the “black cloud” that has been hovering over Bonds, to which Reynolds replied that the black cloud existed because of the media talking about the black cloud. Huh?
You would think that that two guys who played the game the way it was meant to be played, and guys who have always been straight with us, wouldn’t have been such pant loads and cop outs when discussing Bonds and his illegitimate home run total.
This is a great illustration of how, when the chips are down, the players stick together. Shame on Kruk and Reynolds. We deserve better than this.
The vast majority of fans across the nation –- at ballgames, on radio talk shows, in letters to the editor and on the Internet -– have made it clear in no uncertain terms that they hold Bonds’ home run total in low regard. But ESPN decided to ignore the prevailing mood of the fans and chose to pump up this “finishing second” event.
We’re not buying it. To hell with Barry Bonds. There’s an old saying that applies here, “Don’t piss down my neck and tell me that it’s raining.”