Plaque Build Up
The plaque at honoring Barry Bonds’ record breaking homerun has gone missing! What is funny is the first I heard of it was from a fan calling in to a radio show in the Bay Area. If it was such a big deal, why is a fan the one bringing it to our attention? Why wasn’t this a huge deal? And why were radio hosts speculating that the absence of the plaque was because the Giants were separating themselves from the MVP slugger?
I love Damon Bruce. I think he is one of the greatest radio hosts in America right now. But his reaction to the caller’s news that the plaque was missing was basically that the Giants don’t need Barry anymore. They just won two of the last three World Series, so they don’t need the steroid-plagued all time homerun leader and 7 time MVP to draw people to the park.
This obviously raised a lot of questions for me.
Will teams abandon former players who’s reputations are tainted because of potential steroid use? I say potential like we don’t all know Barry juiced. He will still be my favorite player of all time. He almost ruined baseball for me because he makes just about every other hitter look bush league. Man he was good. Like a video game. Anyways, would the Giants really separate themselves from him? It didn’t sound that crazy at the time.
Baseball as a whole has the Hall of Fame to deal with players with the steroid issues, but what about the teams? The Cardinals didn’t spite McGwire, the Yankees are still dealing with A-Rod so we wont know that outcome for a few years and about a hundred million dollars (good job Cashman). Will the Cubs ditch out Sosa? The Mariners and Brett Boone? The Rangers and their whole team in the late 90’s? How much “cheating” is too much?
I personally think these players need to be judged in the era they played in and not against the Mantles, Mays, and DiMaggios. Its not like the pitchers weren’t taking steroids also (Clemens, Gagne). If you took hitters today and had them go up against the pitchers 75 years ago it would be unfair, so why compare eras at all?
I hope the Giants find the plaque or make a new one. I really really hope that they didn’t remove it to create distance between the club and the former great. Hopefully there is some crazy fan sitting at home looking at a 756 plaque in his living room, basking in the glow. Love, #joeywestcoast