Saturday, August 04, 2007

500 before 756

Is that Barry's 756th?Swinging against the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run this afternoon. It ended a long (for him) slump. By a few months, he's the youngest player to reach that number.

Barry Bonds remains stuck at 754 home runs, one behind tying Hank Aaron's all-time home run record.

[UPDATE 2007.08.05]
Later Saturday evening, Barry Bonds did hit #754. In an irony, he did it against a pitcher who himself, a few years earlier, had been caught using steroids: Clay Hensley of the San Diego Padres.

Beginning Monday, the Washington Nationals play 4 straight against Bonds and the Giants in San Francisco.

The photo, above, is of beer, travel, and baseball writer Charlie Vascellaro at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Festival at Brewery Ommegang in late July. He was vamping for the photo. Was he looking for Bonds' 756th, I quipped.

After I snapped the picture, Charlie and I had a strong-beer-fueled discussion. Or more precisely, I should say, he delivered an amazing lecture on whom he considered the greatest ball player ever.

He narrowed it between Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. And then whom of those two?

You'll have to ask Mr. Vascellaro!

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