It’s the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th homer — but please, don’t call him the Home Run King   Leave a comment

For what it’s worth, I agree: while Hank Aaron’s accomplishment of 715 home runs is worthy of praise, to say that he is the “home run king” does a disrespect to the ACTUAL home run king, Barry Bonds…you know, the one the history books have down as home run king. Like certain victories over in the motorsports world (such as Danica Patrick’s win at Motegi back in 2008), the tides of history do..not..care about the circumstances; all history concerns itself with is the who and the when.

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40 years ago tonight Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. It’s a moment always worth re-visiting, so let’s:

I can never get enough of that video. Just how easy Aaron’s swing was, even 20 years into his career. Buckner climbing the outfield wall. Those wackos running onto the field and congratulating Aaron. I mean, the guy had death threats leading up to that moment and suddenly two dudes run up from behind you like that? If that happened today those two would be in Guantanamo or something.

One thing I love from the video is Al Downing’s recollection of it all. He gave up the homer and, unlike some other pitchers who would up on the other side of famous hits, he had absolutely no problem with it, acknowledging that, sometimes, the guy on the other side of things is going to get the best of you…

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Posted April 8, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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