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I never thought I'd say this

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at 9:35 PM

Here's hoping we see this about 300 more times.
(By the way, I know my name's spelled wrong. I have no control over that. It will be fixed soom.)

Go A-Rod!

I'd like to tell you to take note because I'm not saying it again. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Now make no mistakes here -- I am neither a fan of Mr. Alex Rodriguez nor of the New York Yankees. I'm still pretty much a hater on both fronts.

I mean, my history of disliking A-Rod is deep, but it can all be summed up with the "slap play" in the 2004 ALCS. That was the most Bush League thing I have ever seen. That cemented A-Rod in my personal hall of shame.

It's just that my hand has been forced by Barry Bonds. Barring major injury in the next day or two, he is going the be the all-time home run king.

Bonds' late-in-life "growth spurt" is a little too much to take. I'm sorry, that ain't natural.

As Stuart Mackenzie (the dad in "So I Married an Axe Murderer") once said, "Look at the size of that boy's head!"

But enough about Bonds. That has been argued to death. My problem is this -- I don't want a (likely) juicer to hold the most important record in sports. And whatever Jose Canseco says, A-Rod is no juicer. I feel certain of that.

When it gets down to it, there are two main reasons I'd much rather see A-Rod with the record than Bonds.

1.) He's clean. (Shut up, Jose. You're irrelevant and have been for 12 years. Get over it.)

2.) He's more or less likable. He seems to respect the fans, the media and the game, three things I can't say about Barry.

So, I guess that does it. Based on the current pace, that means I have to cheer for Rodriguez for about 5 or 6 more years. Even if his pace falls off in his late 30s (which generally happens to players who aren't "chemically enhanced") I'm looking at maybe 7 or 8 years. I can handle that.

So, here's my message to A-Rod: "Keep it up, my good man. I'll be around cheering as loud as anyone when the record falls in 2013."

I guess I'll get started. Go A-Rod!, Go A-Rod!, Go A-Rod!, Go A-Rod!, etc., etc., etc.

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I could not agree more, we are talking about America's past time ( Oh, that is a term not used much anymore is it) well, it was america's past time, but I guess you can blame the juicers and the likely juicers for a big part in what I call the death of baseball. There is not anyone on this planet who wanted Barry not to get this record anymore then me, it is a black eye on the sport. For me baseball has always been a sport played for the love of the game. My grandfather played pro ball, he played when he got a hangnail and a stubbed toe and the flu and didnt complain because he loved hitting the field every day he could. He didnt take herbs or synthetic this and that to enhance his abilities he was just naturally good. When baseball was in the off season he came home and went to work in a brick factory until baseball started up again. That is love for the game. To me the sad thing about Barry is this, he is a great hitter, he has a beautiful swing and he would have done well without any help (oh that is if he used anything. But he sure does have a big head.)

-- Posted by cgilbert46135 on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 3:56 PM

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