So I had Barry Bonds on my mind, and I'm sitting down to write quick post about it ... and then I spot the headline that Bonds hit No. 711 early today ...


And I thought it was bad enough that last night he hit No. 710. ... This from Sports Illustrated's 'Morning Call' ...

Rare is the morning that Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Brett Favre share the front page of the sports section, but the Three B's made some noise last night. First, ESPN.com reported that the 36-year-old Favre has told Packers officials that he will return for the 2006 NFL season, presumably ending the "What will Brett do?" talk that has enveloped Green Bay over the winter. By the end of the night the sports spotlight had moved to San Francisco, where Bonds hit his 710th career home run, knocking a 1-1 pitch from Mets' righthander Steve Trachsel (who as a Cub gave up homer number 62 to Mark McGwire in 1998) into the leftfield seats. The solo shot in the second inning was the only run the Giants could muster in a 4-1 loss. It was Bonds's first homer in San Francisco since Sept. 18, 2005, but the night ended on a sour note for the Giants leftfielder: Closer Billy Wagner induced Bonds to fly out to center for the final out. Bonds now trails Ruth by four home runs for second on the alltime list. Career leader Hank Aaron is 45 away. The Giants are home for another six games before heading to Milwaukee (otherwise known as commissioner Bud Selig's hometown, and a couple hours from Green Bay) for a two-game series. Somehow we get the feeling that's when Barry will pass the Babe
... God, for the love of baseball, I hope he doesn't break it ... at least Hank Aaron's record is quite a bit more out of reach.

Besides his recent homerun barrage, I'm riled up about Bonds again mostly because I finally fired up the DVR today and started watching the ESPN series 'Bonds on Bonds' (... I had yet to watch an episode until today, but last night when the DVR warned me it had no more disk space, I had to make some quick choices and delete off the last three Commander-in-Chief episodes I had to watch -- no matter, the series seems to stink more each week, and I was only watching it out of habit -- and a few Saturday Night Live episodes I'd been saving for Kates. Alas, 'Bonds on Bonds' and Love Monkey -- thank you VH1! -- among others survived the cuts ...).

... While guys like Peter Gammons and Mike Schmidt raised some interesting points about Bonds alleged steroid use during the documentary -- when he started taking them there were no rules, no tests and yada, yada, yada -- the rest of the clips and Bonds sit-downs left me feeling little sympathy for him and more as though it's all one big act for him. He speaks repeatedly about his lack of care for others and it comes through in shining colors ... That and the fact his father pushed him so hard he developed an attitude of stopping at nothing to beat anyone who challenges him ... even if it means 'killing' his kids ...


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