Barry Bonds is apparently receiving death threats. I’m honestly not surprised, as I can imagine many die hard baseball fans are hoping Bonds never surpasses Hank Aaron’s career record of 755 home runs. Death threats, however, I’ll admit go beyond what I would find acceptable. After all, I would be disappointed to see a tainted record… but I wouldn’t kill to keep it from happening. Perhaps I actually am a little more sane than I previously have allowed myself to believe.
What I found shocking was a paragraph in an AP article that says:
Aaron himself, who like Bonds is black, dealt with death threats and hate mail as he approached Babe Ruth ‘s then-record of 714 homers. Aaron passed Ruth on April 8, 1974.
My take on the Barry Bonds issue is that the death threats have nothing to do with him being black, but of his reputation and allegations of steroid use. How on earth can you even attempt to compare what Aaron went through with what Bonds is going through?
Before you start thinking I am insensitive to African Americans and what they have gone through and go through currently, I want to mention I am actually multi-racial. Yes, I understand because I see it and have experienced it and am very proud of my heritage. So this isn’t a racist post. I am merely saying I doubt the color of his skin is the reason Bonds is receiving these threats. I hate to see race brought into an issue where it shouldn’t be involved because then it makes true race issues seem less significant.
In the end, skin color is not his asset or his hindrance. He (allegedly) used steroids to get to where he did, and it was his own stupidity and selfishness that created the tainted reputation. His ego and his refusal to own up to his mistakes is why so many, including me, are crossing their fingers he is unable to pass the record set by Hank Aaron.
Death threats may be sent, but I honestly can’t imagine anyone going through with it. After all, is Bonds really worth all that effort? Also, if Bonds were killed, none of us would be able to rejoice the day Bonds is finally made accountable for his (alleged) juicing.