It had to happen. Tonight, it did.
San Francisco outfielder Barry Bonds hit the infamous 756th home run of his career and that breaks the previous record set by Hammerin' Henry Aaron.
Now, we should all hang our heads in collective shame.
Why? We should be celebrating, right?
Unlike Mr. Aaron, Mr. Bonds maybe one of the least deserving major league baseball players to ever set a record.
As noted earlier this week, Mr. Bonds may have gotten a lot of those home runs juiced up on steroids. Steroids are banned by professional baseball and Mr. Bonds has been at the center of an ongoing investigation as to whether or not he obtained steroids, which would break the major league rules. Would his record have an asterisk, as it should? That is a tough question to answer.
Pete Rose, the former Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies player is not in the baseball hall of fame and is banned from the game because he gambled on pro baseball and when he was manager of the Reds. According to Mr. Rose, he always bet on the Reds to win. That was very big of him!
So, if it is eventually proven that Mr. Bonds did take steroids, will he be banned from pro baseball and not be enshrined in the hall of fame? One would have to answer yes. Mr. Bonds will have been proven to have done as much a grievous act as did Mr. Rose.
The shame is that both Mr. Bonds and Mr. Rose are and were, respectively, great ballplayers. Why one is not in the hall of fame and another may not is not just based on morality being applied unevenly. It is that they will have been caught doing actions that are detrimental to the success of major league baseball.
So, tonight is a date which will live in baseball infamy. Barry Bonds breaks Henry Aaron's home run record. It could not have been done by a worse player.