Even though Barry
Bonds has gotten to 715, he will never compare to Babe Ruth. A player's
greatness is not measured solely through statistics--it is also measured by the
impact he has had on the game and the legacy he left behind. What kid grows up
wanting to be like Barry Bonds?
It's too bad that
there wasn't enough room on the cover for a couple hundred more asterisks.
James P. Biggs,
Ridley Park, Pa.
Bonds's home run
totals may be inflated by steroids and human growth hormone, but Ruth's may
have been inflated due to the absence of black players, not to mention
lefthanded relief specialists with knee-buckling sliders (Hard Number, May 15).
And who would be the home run king if Willie Mays and Hank Aaron had switched
Walnut Creek, Calif.
If Bonds had come
clean, he would have been forgiven by now, but it does not excuse the classless
displays by pitcher Cory Lidle, who criticized Bonds to the media, or by the
fans in my hometown, who derided Bonds in front of his mother.
About half of
those who've tested positive for steroids are pitchers. Should we consider that
in the course of hitting 700-plus home runs, Bonds probably faced many pitchers
with an extra foot on their fastballs due to performance-enhancing drugs?