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Hank Aaron: 'I knew it would happen'
Posted: Thursday April 08, 1999 02:35 PM
Hank Aaron visited the CNN/SI chat channel on April 8, 1999, the 25th anniversary of his breaking the all-time home run record. He sat in an office at Turner Field, where Aaron, 65, is now senior vice president and assistant to the president of the Atlanta Braves. He answered questions from users about all aspects of baseball and his career.
CNNSI_Host: From Eddy Rivera: What was going through your mind each
time you stepped into the batters box knowing you were 1 hit away from the
CNNSI_Host: From Laruccia: Is it fair to say that if someone broke
your record today, they would not be treated unfairly as you were.
CNNSI_Host: From BRAVES: How do you feel about the destruction of
Atlanta Fulton County stadium?
CNNSI_Host: From Ken Kander: What are some of your memories about
playing with the Indianapolis Clowns?
CNNSI_Host: From James Webber: Who was the toughest pitcher for you to
hit off of, and why?
CNNSI_Host: From TexAg: Did you get ever discouraged and want to quit
after getting all the hate mail just before you broke the record?
CNNSI_Host: From Robert Fujimoto: Is there any ballplayer today that
you feel has a legitimate shot at your record?
CNNSI_Host: From Kevin Nett: Where did you enjoy playing more,
Milwaukee of Atlanta?
CNNSI_Host: From Pete: How do you think Mark McGwire would have
done in you era?
CNNSI_Host: Adam: Who player was your favorite player back when you
were a kid?
CNNSI_Host: From Jet: What has been the happiest moment in your life
and your baseball career?
CNNSI_Host: From Dave: Which player today reminds you of yourself, if
CNNSI_Host: From ryan: How do you think the game of baseball has
changed and do you think it will always be the favorite American
CNNSI_Host: From James Dickie: In your opinion, who was the best Negro
League player you ever saw that never made it to the big leagues?
CNNSI_Host: From Tyler: What advice do you give young players
CNNSI_Host: From habs: What team do you think will win the World
Series this year?
CNNSI_Host: From Laci: How did you like last year's home run race?
CNNSI_Host: From Kenneth: Have you ever considered becoming a manager? Hank Aaron: No, never.
CNNSI_Host: From Sloopy: It is common knowledge that you received
threats during the time before breaking the record. Have you ever received
an apology by someone who made one of those threats, inside the baseball
world, or outside?
CNNSI_Host: From aardwolf: Hank, I grew up in Milwaukee and my heart
was broken when the Braves moved to Atlanta. How did you feel about the
move at that time?
CNNSI_Host: From Doyle Gilmer: Do you feel that today's athlete is
more in touch with the history of the game?
CNNSI_Host: From Brad: If Mark McGwire's 70th homer is worth $2.7
million, what do you think your 715th is worth?
CNNSI_Host: From aparker: When you ran around the bases on your record
setting home run, you encountered some fans who came out to congratulate
you. Have you ever met them since that day?
CNNSI_Host: From Hows: Do you still have that ball (715)?
CNNSI_Host: From Cornell76: Hank, has the philosophy of the classic
power hitter changed since your day, and if so, how?
CNNSI_Host: From Sloopy: Besides the 1st and record breaking home
runs, what is your most memorable HR?
CNNSI_Host: From BRAVYANK: Are you glad the Brewers came to the
CNNSI_Host: From Michael: Who in your opinion are the best overall
pitcher and best overall hitter in the game today?
CNNSI_Host: From Jdenn4: What or who inspired and/or kept you going
through the "rough" times?
CNNSI_Host: From Scott: Do you still watch a lot of baseball to this
CNNSI_Host: From charleyhus: Did your sons ever have an interest in
playing professional baseball?
CNNSI_Host: From Faber: What do you like most about the game?
Hank Aaron: I want to thank you for your questions. They were all thought out and I gave the answers the best I can. My advice to anyone wanting to play baseball or other sports is if you want to play sports, you shouldn't let anyone talk you out of it. The most important thing is to pursue it and give all you've got.
CNNSI_Host: CNNSI.com and Major League Baseball thank you for your participation today, and your questions.
For more information on the events surrounding the celebration of Henry Aaron's anniversary season, visit the official site of Major League Baseball.
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