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#1 Posted on 8.4.04 0833.19
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Just a historical note, today was the day 30 years ago that Hammerin' Hank broke the Babe's record. I was a senior in hihg school. It was a big deal. What I really remember was all the death threats and crap one of the greatest outfielders of all time put up with.
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#2 Posted on 8.4.04 0926.51
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If Bonds is playing today, I bet you ANYTHING the he hits #660 today, and that SportsCenter makes it out to be a bigger deal than Aaron.
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#3 Posted on 8.4.04 0931.53
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    Originally posted by gugs
    If Bonds is playing today, I bet you ANYTHING the he hits #660 today, and that SportsCenter makes it out to be a bigger deal than Aaron.


San Fran @ San Diego, 10:05 ET

And it is a bigger deal since it's something that is actually happening today versus something that happened 30 years ago.
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#4 Posted on 8.4.04 1046.58
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    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
      Originally posted by gugs
      If Bonds is playing today, I bet you ANYTHING the he hits #660 today, and that SportsCenter makes it out to be a bigger deal than Aaron.


    San Fran @ San Diego, 10:05 ET

    And it is a bigger deal since it's something that is actually happening today versus something that happened 30 years ago.


What Aaron did was amazing. He would look like a midget today compared to Bonds, he was the model of consistency, and he is a truly humble man. Also the race hatred he had to put up with was staggering. He had numerous death threats and has said it was one of the worst times of his life. Yet he delivered.
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#5 Posted on 8.4.04 1058.21
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
        Originally posted by gugs
        If Bonds is playing today, I bet you ANYTHING the he hits #660 today, and that SportsCenter makes it out to be a bigger deal than Aaron.


      San Fran @ San Diego, 10:05 ET

      And it is a bigger deal since it's something that is actually happening today versus something that happened 30 years ago.


    What Aaron did was amazing. He would look like a midget today compared to Bonds, he was the model of consistency, and he is a truly humble man. Also the race hatred he had to put up with was staggering. He had numerous death threats and has said it was one of the worst times of his life. Yet he delivered.


No doubt about it, Hank was/is a great man. There are SportsCentury shows about him and he is revered and should be.

But the initial post I was responding to was about tonight's SportsCenter, which is a current news show and not a historical retrospective. In that light, Bonds hitting No. 660 is a bigger deal. It's not a bigger deal in general, just in that light. That's all I'm saying.
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#6 Posted on 8.4.04 1058.39
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Funny thing is that their career stats(going into 2004) are not entirely dissimmilar.

BARRY BONDS
.297, 658 HR, 1742 RBI, 2595 H, 536 2B, 74 3B, 1941 R, 2070 BB, 500 SB

HANK AARON
.305, 755 HR, 2297 RBI, 3771 H, 624 2B, 98 3B, 2174 R, 1402 BB, 240 SB

The only major difference in the end will be in hits and walks, and of course that's because of Bonds' walks. He'll need some luck to reach 3,000 while Aaron is 3rd on the all-time list. Bonds will also wind up # 1 all-time in walks, and could get to the top 5 easily.
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#7 Posted on 8.4.04 1129.27
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Funny thing is that their career stats(going into 2004) are not entirely dissimmilar.

    BARRY BONDS
    .297, 658 HR, 1742 RBI, 2595 H, 536 2B, 74 3B, 1941 R, 2070 BB, 500 SB

    HANK AARON
    .305, 755 HR, 2297 RBI, 3771 H, 624 2B, 98 3B, 2174 R, 1402 BB, 240 SB

    The only major difference in the end will be in hits and walks, and of course that's because of Bonds' walks. He'll need some luck to reach 3,000 while Aaron is 3rd on the all-time list. Bonds will also wind up # 1 all-time in walks, and could get to the top 5 easily.


Good stat comparison. I was but a young Junior in high school when Hammerin' Hank hit 714 and 715 in April 0f '74. Young and stupid (smart?) enough to ditch for the Cincinatti game because the game was carried on Radio and they broken into both games on TV. The second game was on TV, of course.

One interesting stat about Henry is that he never hit over 50 HRs in a season in his career. A model of consistancy. And of course, Bonds has only done it once. Aaron, 8 seasons 40 HR and over, Bonds: 7 (and counting).

Both very impressive players.
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#8 Posted on 8.4.04 1447.45
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    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami

    But the initial post I was responding to was about tonight's SportsCenter, which is a current news show and not a historical retrospective. In that light, Bonds hitting No. 660 is a bigger deal. It's not a bigger deal in general, just in that light. That's all I'm saying.


I don't know about that, have you seen Sportscenter lately? They show all these top 10 lists about the top whatever of all time, and have all these stupid quiz shows instead of spending even thirty seconds on an important game that happened that night. And they insist on making every single stat they come up with be some kind of historical milestone. Sportscenter just totally blows now.

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