Happy Birthday Barry Bonds!!!
Barry Bonds turns 50 years old today.
We are all entitled to our opinions, and I know that we all have them when it comes to Bonds. But, of all of the guys that have exited the game during the course of the last few years and are headed to Cooperstown, we saw sharp declines in their output – except for that of Barry Bonds. We saw it from Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. and John Smoltz and Randy Johnson and even my beloved Greg Maddux. And while I don’t enjoy watching the demise of my baseball heroes, I do think that Barry Bonds was posied to give us more.
Bonds is the guy that I feel like he could have given us a lot more to watch. 3,000 hits was very close. As was 800 home runs. I would have liked to have seen him reach both milestones prior to his retirement from the game.
Easily one of the best hitters of his generation, Bonds worked very hard to get to that level. He did that by learning on the job – becoming more disciplined at the plate, hitting the ball the other way, being disruptive on the bases. He was a true menace – in a very, very good way.
Happy Birthday Mr. Bonds – you are missed by this fan!!!