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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The name's Bonds. Barry Bonds

And so Barry Bonds finally hits no. 756.

I'm not a big fan of baseball. Not a big fan of American sports, really. Even with David Beckham there. I love basketball though, but I can't recall who won an NBA ring this year.

But in America, they love their heroes. They hate some too. Because when Barry Bonds started bombing them over the ballpark earlier in the season, everyone knew something special was in the making. But he wasn't the sports icon like Mike. The man was said to be using steroids, something just recently banned in Major League Baseball would you believe it.

I kept watched on his home-run count whenever they updated it on either CNN or ESPN. Coverage wasn't that much, you would have to understand with all the football going on. It reminded me of the magical summer of '98 where as a Matric student bored on holiday, I followed closely the home-run battle between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. McGwire eventually came out tops only for Bonds to break his single-season home run record two years later.

Back then, SportsCenter was from the US edition where baseball and football (not that football! ruled the headlines. SportsCenter US is wayyy funkier and funnier than the Asian edition they have now, but of course they focus more on stats more than the game itself. RBIs? OT? PPG? You get used to it after a few shows.

Anyhow, I just thought that it was ironic that 9 years later, I would be watching baseball history again. The thing I love about baseball is the homers, because when they fly away into the night sky, it's a magical event. The whole stadium focuses on the ball, and the ball alone. And as it descends, have fun watching the fans scramble over it.

Other than that, it's just a boring game played over 9 innings (if you're lucky!). That could take a while, lemme tell you that. So congratulations to Barry for your historic achievement. The way I see it, if the substance wasn't banned before this, than the man has every right to use whatever he wants within the written rule. Steroids or not, 756 is a whole lotta home-runs.
And a few broken bats as well.

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