Via Mark Feinsand today –
With six more home runs, Alex Rodriguez will become the seventh player in baseball history to reach 600. So why does it seem like nobody cares?
Rodriguez’s admission last year that he used performance-enhancing drugs surely has something to do with it. The 156 home runs he hit during his three years in Texas may as well be placed on a separate list stamped with a giant asterisk.
If and when A-Rod hits No. 763 to move past Barry Bonds – and based on the nagging injuries and lack of home run power he’s shown for most of this season, that can no longer be considered a lock – it may very well conclude the most joyless pursuit of a major milestone in sports history.
When Bonds chased down Hank Aaron in 2007, there was plenty of speculation that he had injected himself with enough drugs to make a professional wrestler blush. But unlike Rodriguez, Bonds never admitted to anything.
The home fans in San Francisco continued to idolize Bonds in a way the New York fans have never taken to Rodriguez, turning every game into a celebration of San Francisco’s favorite son.
Will fans be able to put A-Rod’s drug history aside and celebrate his accomplishments? Based on the lack of interest in his pursuit of 600, it’s hard to imagine his quest for 763 being anything other than forced and robotic.
I’m not sure if he’s correct or not here, but, I give Feinsand all the credit in the world for not being afraid to express an opinion such as this one when he’s covering the team on a daily basis. It’s hard, at least for me, not to respect that type of conviction.