If you are not a Sports illustrated subscriber, go to the newsstand or corner store and purchase the latest issue. It has Hank Aaron on the cover and entitles its issue as "The Heart of 755."
On the final page of the issue, writer Rick Reilly's piece, "Giving Barry His Due," says it all about Bonds' efforts to surpass Aaron. It's a wonderfully humorous and hard-hitting account , where he refers to Bonds' quest as "like a man robbing a bank and then having a giant party to watch him count the money." Trust me, if you are a baseball fan, buy the magazine and read about Aaron and especially Reilly's piece.
The cover photograph of Aaron and the one inside with him at bat in Cincinnati, are both reminders of the vintage year 1964. As a kid growing up in Philadelphia in 1964, at age 16, those two shots bring back memories of what ball players looked like then. With the Phillies in first nearly the entire year, I never missed a game at night on the radio. "Good evening Phillies fans, By Saam here..."
I'm sure, if I ever do something bad and get in trouble with the law, I can say I was abused when I was a kid. I was terribly disappointed at a young age when a bunch of young men I idolized lost ten in a row and crushed my dreams of a Philadelphia World Series. Then I had to wait 16 more years to once again experience the thrill of victory. 1964 wasn't a very good year.
One other observation about the Bonds home run chase: According to the New York Times, when Bonds recently took two days off, then came back and hit two dingers, he looked at videotapes of his recent at bats. He split the screen and compared swings of various at bats, looking for flaws. He saw that he was opening his hips too early, which limited his power. He fixed it, got himself back into the lineup, and hit numbers 752 and 753..
All steroids talk aside, the only videotapes Aaron could have looked at were reruns of Gunsmoke and the Beverley Hillbillies.
"...said Californie is the place ya ought-a be so they loaded up their trucks and they moved to Beverly......hills that is, swimmin' pools, movie stars..."