Thursday, January 14, 2010
Welcome to Maris Land
73*, 70*, 66*, 65*, 64*, 63*, 61. With Big Mac now coming out and admitting that all those acne scars on his neck were from steroid use, we now reserve the top six single season home run records all for steroid users. Steroid allegations and admissions are becoming so commonplace that you would think most people are numb to them now, but looking at those numbers at the beginning of this post is pretty upsetting. The single season home run record used to be something so special, now it has just been ransacked by a bunch of juiced up goons. As far as I am concerned, Roger Maris is still the single season record holder for home runs.
56 games, 61 tall jacks, a .406 average, 755 circuit clouts, these records seemed so permanently etched in baseball history that when Big Mac and Slammin' Sammy came around in 1998, we thought we were witnessing some of the greatest moments in baseball history. Turns out, our emotions were cheap and tawdry because these two "saviors of baseball" were pulling the wool over our eyes. It happened again when Barry Bonds broke the all-time home run record, but by then the fans were pretty much clued into what was going on. I guarantee everyone that invested time and emotion into that seemingly magical 1998 baseball season feels like they were made the fool in some way. I say we get our money back.
Like I have said before, I think steroid users should have all of their records stricken from the books. Therefore, Hank Aaron is still the all time home run king, and Roger Maris is still the single season record holder. Steroid era players can keep all of their World Series rings and MVP trophies, because those were attained against a level (also steroid using) playing field, but the records have got to be taken away. How can you compare a juiced up Barry Bonds to Hank Aaron? Can't be done, because we will never know how many homers a clean Bonds would have hit, or a juiced up Hammerin' Hank would have hit. There has got to be consistency in the record books and the only way to do this is to wipe the juicers clean.
Unfortunately, I don't think this will happen because Bud Selig is probably the biggest turd in all of professional sports. What is with all commissioners being such turds for that matter? Only Roger Goodell has any character whatsoever. David Stern, Gary Bettman and Bud Selig are all such wimps. Why not get a commissioner with some personality, or a former player? Anyway, when Selig steps down I think we need the new commish to draw a line in the sand on this ala Kennesaw Mountain Landis when he banned Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox for life in 1919. Until that time, we must do everything we can to stop these steroid using cheaters. Now watch me hit this drive.