This Jeff Pearlman anti-Bonds screed in The Athletic is a little nutso. There aren’t enough ways to argue against Bonds’ enshrinement without first wrapping your white self in Hank Aaron’s struggle?
And, just, this writing…
This is what it was to be a black man in America.
This is what it was to be a black man in America, having the gall to erase a beloved white icon from the record books.
This is what it was.
Aaron, as we all know, is tougher than salted leather, and on April 8, 1974, he hit home run No. 715 into the Braves’ bullpen at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Over the next 2 1/2 seasons he socked 40 more, and when his 23-year career wrapped with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976, 755 wasn’t merely a baseball figure, but a civil rights figure.
Arguably the civil rights figure.
Then—like flame to paper—Barry Bonds came along, cheated and rendered the number irrelevant.
Seems to me that desperation like this suggests Pearlman knows Bonds is going to get in soon.
Anyway, I’m low on links, but the grill is hot. Toss ’em on.