Check out the new look at the Stick and Ball Guy, and while you’re at it, you might find his latest post on Babe Ruth illuminating:
…. According to The Baseball Hall of Shame’s Warped Record Book, by Bruce Nash, Allan Zullo and Bob Smith, the Bambino fell ill one year attempting to inject himself with extract from a sheep’s testes. This effort by more than a few athletes of his era to seek the healing and strengthening properties of testosterone prefigured the craze for steroids. When Ruth fell ill from his attempted enhancement, the media was told that Ruth merely had “a bellyache.” This was believable since Ruth was a glutton, famed for eating eighteen-egg omelets.
I’ll say it again, any athlete dedicated to winning will look into any and all means to do so. This little tale about Ruth is no surprise.
Another take on Bonds’ pursuit of Ruth can be found at Armchair GM. Here’s a taste:
…. Ruth’s monolithic greatness has, wrongfully, been diminished. I say “wrongfully” because while many of his marks have been eclipsed, it has required a group effort (and a druggist or three) to pass them.
Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, but never came close to 714. Aaron had 755, but never once cracked 50. The list goes on. To claim that Bonds’ march toward 715 is less than special because Hank Aaron already got there is simply ridiculous. For better or for worse, he is passing baseball’s first and only true legend. Had he done so cleanly, there would be no excuse for not marking the occassion.
Finally, the Commissioner wants me to let my readers know about a new baseball discussion site, Talk Baseball. I think you can figure out what’s up there.