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Passing - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I was still a month shy of six when I watched Al Downing serve up the 715th round-tripper of Hank Aaron's career, but I remember it vividly. I remember Nixon's resignation later that year as well, but with less clarity. The sight of Bill Buckner climbing the left-field fence as the ball came down behind it is as burned into my brain as the sight of the swing itself, which baseball fans have seen in highlights again and again. Today, I opened up ESPN's Gamecast of the Giants game, as I have been doing for the past two weeks, and monitored the game while working so that I could turn on the television if Barry was coming up. Luckily, I was paying close enough attention to be standing in front of the set before Byung-Hyun Kim's first pitch to him in the fourth inning. I had a feeling it was going to happen, not least because Kim always seems to be serving up important homers. After the second ball I turned the volume up. Bean was sitting at the table finishing her lunch. The second he made contact on the historic blast I shouted, "Look, Skylar!" She got to watch the ball go over the fence as it happened. That made me happy. Later, when she was getting ready to visit her grandparents, she turned to me and said, "I can understand why he gets grumpy. I wouldn't want to be watched all the time like that either."

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icetulip From: icetulip Date: May 28th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Do you remember a commercial that aired a few years ago with Bonds and Aaron? (I don't remember the product or service being advertised, but it's not important to the story.) Bonds was practicing hitting balls from an automatic ball pitcher, and you could hear this "Field of Dreams"-ish voice coming from the announcer's stand, something to the effect of "Barry...don't wear yourself out! You should retire...take it easy!" and of course, it was Hank Aaron, comically telling Barry not to chase his home-run record. I really liked it, but I couldn't help but recall Browning's, "But a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" If there are no records to break, how does that inspire us to improve, and set new records? I respect Bonds' tenacity to keep striving for great things.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 28th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. I don't think Bonds will make it that far now. His legs are in bad shape. The fall-off in ability is apparent. He's not quite as bad off as Willie Mays was in 1973, but he's getting there.
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