As time goes by, it seems as if there are fewer and fewer sports achievements that are universally acknowledged and recognized. Seemingly everything has an asterisk next to it, and there’s no end in sight. The “History of Sports” almanac is a full ten pages larger in order to accommodate all the asterisks — or so it would seem.
*Reds win 1919 World Series
*Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb’s career hit record
*Ben Johnson wins Soule Olympics 100m sprint
*Mark McGwire breaks Babe Ruth’s single season home run record
*The Tour de France has a victor
*Another NBA champion crowned
And now *Barry Bonds is set to break Hank Aaron’s career home run record. Another sports day, another sports asterisk.
The San Francisco Giants play the Florida Marlins at 4 ET today. Judging by how many pitchers have been working around Bonds (Dontrelle Willis being a recent notable exception), not wanting to be the answer to a trivia question of “who gave up the record-setting home run,” it looks as if opposing pitchers are doing a little aster-risk management.
So the debate rages on as to whether or not the asterisk belongs next to Bonds’ soon to be record. If it does belong there, the opposing pitchers don’t seem to see it.