Barry Bonds comes to Wrigley Field this week for a four game set just four home runs shy of Hank Aaron’s all-time record.
I stopped being interested in Barry Bonds about when the BALCO scandal broke, which feels like decades ago. Since then, hundreds of thousands of column inches and hours upon hours of airtime have been devoted to the various issues surrounding Bonds’ pursuit of 756.
Naturally, Mariotti decided to pile it on today, reminding us all that Hank Aaron is the true home run king and encouraging everyone to maintain that perspective even after Bonds passes him.
Is there any rational baseball fan who didn’t come to that conclusion two years ago?
I’d would think Mariotti would actually feel a kinship with Barry Bonds. Both have clawed their way to the top of their respective professions by any means necessary and are about as likable as hepatitis, turning them into outcasts with few friends and little respect for their “achievements”.
But even if Mariotti might identify with Bonds, he also can never pass on an opportunity to get on his high-pony (the horse would be too big). But then he rides the little pony on top of a large bronco, creating a double-decker superhorse from which he can spew his venomous judgment throughout the land.
(Sorry if the double-horse imagery is confusing. I promise you, in my head it is hilarious.)
Given that Bonds makes such easy column fodder and gives Jay great opportunities to grandstand, I’d expect to see at least one, maybe two columns on the subject before Barry leaves town, depending on what happens during the next four games.
Either way, I’ll be much more interested in how the suddenly surging Cubs perform than the actions of some fraud, and what another fraud has to say about it.