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In the Absence of Hope - De File
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cbertsch
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In the Absence of Hope
Since my last entry daring to express slight hope in the Giants' chances of making the playoffs, their pitching has collapsed like a detonated high rise. I no longer dare to dream. But at least Barry had one of his classic Barry games tonight, getting six RBIs. And he tied Hank Aaron's record for home runs in the National League and got his OPS solidly over 1000.

I am loyal, people. More than that, though, I recognize that his greatness exceeds that of all but a few players in Major League history, whether he did it or not. Moreover, I also understand that the many, many folks who apparently can't see that are suffering from severely clouded judgment.

As I've said before, all you have to do is look at his numbers before the McGwire-Sosa show of 1998 to perceive that A) with the exception of the aberrant 2001 campaign, none of his supposedly "enhanced" seasons are much different, especially when compared to league averages, than his early 1990s MVP years or his 40-40 season in 1996; and B) he would have been a certain Hall of Famer if his career had ended in 1998. I mean, it bears repeating. But, yes, I'm also loyal as fuck and proud of it.

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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: September 23rd, 2006 08:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
let me know when the phoenix zoo is if you can ;>
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: September 23rd, 2006 08:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
zoo... art museum... almost got it right.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 23rd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry. We finally have it figured out. We're leaving Sunday morning to drive up with Skylar's friend and her mom. Another Phoenix friend is supposed to be meeting us there. I imagine we'll be there noonish. Call me in the morning -- 9 seven 7 then 2 two one seven, Tucson area code -- to coordinate. We'd love to see you!
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: September 23rd, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can always respect unabashed loyalty
schencka From: schencka Date: September 23rd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bonds, like Ruth, will have just some magic left when he finally finishes.

Whoever did the wikipedia entry on Ruth did well: "On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Ruth gave one last glimpse of how great a player he was. He went 4-4, drove in 6 runs and hit 3 home runs in an 11-7 loss to the Pirates. The last home run was said to be the longest ball ever hit at Forbes Field. It was his 714th and last home run, and last hit."
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 23rd, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I sure hope so. It's hard to top the Babe's last gasp. Or Ted Williams's. Or Roberto Clemente's. But I'll settle for impressive.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: September 24th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Bonds

And all you have to do is look at some of the other players who have actually tested positive for steroids -- the Jeremy Giambis and Jason Grimsleys of the world -- to see that steroids alone do not a Hall of Famer make.

Bonds is no angel, nor am I particularly fond of him, but all the steroid talk really is obscuring his incredibly rare talent. For a few years, he was the most dangerous hitter who ever lived.

The worst part about the steroid debacle is that now guys like Ryan Howard, a 6'5", 240-lb behemoth all his life, can't threaten 60 without hearing whispers about steroids somehow giving him the patience to wait on outside pitches and blast them the opposite way.

Condolences on the Giants, but on the bright side, as of this posting my Philles have their first wild card lead in years!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 24th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Bonds

You're right about Howard. The thing with Bonds is that he was hitting huge home runs and inspiring fear back when he was still rail-thin. 1993 for example. I'm pleased that Frank Thomas has had a renaissance with the A's this year, speaking of 6'5" behemoths.
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