Monday morning mumbling

A lot of baseball on the gray matter today:

ESPN and espn.com report through a “scientific” poll they conducted that for many baseball fans, the Barry Bonds home run record chase is more about race than previously thought.

Personally, I don’t buy it.

I got two words for anyone who thinks Bonds’s home run chase is about race: 

Hank Aaron.

In the eyes of some fans, Aaron, the last Negro League superstar to reach MLB, was toppling an American icon.  Heck, Babe Ruth was the prototype of the modern sports superstar; a combination of Bonds, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Jeff Gordon – at a time when baseball was the only game in town.

There’s a great book it:  Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed

America

that I highly recommend

Better yet, read it, and then, read Game of Shadows.  Afterward, I think you’ll understand my position on the whole matter.

As for the Tigers:  luck number seven; their longest winning streak of the young season.    They are the hottest team in baseball right now, except of course for those pesky Brewers.  No word on the extent of Zumaya’s injury yet.  Right now, he’s on the 15 day DL, but it’s too early to tell.  Hopefully, this isn’t related to more “Guitar Hero” playing on his part. 

Oh yeah:  apparently the Yankees just signed some guy named Clemens.  More power to the Yanks if he can help them out.  Unfortunately for the Yanks, its not like they’re only down one pitcher.  Their rotation is hanging together by threads, which is putting more pressure on their bullpen.

Don’t get me wrong:  Clemens is one of the all-time greats.  But unless they plan to put him in the bullpen, he can only pitch every 5 days. That, and at 45, you have to wonder how much he’s got left in the proverbial tank.

Of course, people said the same thing about Julio Franco…three years ago.

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