I put those stats up without a comment, to see how everyone felt about Bonds first. Thats not how I expected it to go. I expected a little more support for his talant.
My personal feelings on Barry are these: He is the best hitter I've ever seen. I'm a huge baseball fan and grew up watching Barry play with the Pirates. I think because of his reputation and probable steroid use, that his accomplishments will be overlooked, undervalued, and not recognized as possibly the greatest player ever. Barry may be an arrogant & even selfish prick to some, but his personality should be seperated from his talant.
Barry at even 185 lbs still had the best eye in the league and took alot of walks early in his career. He is the most feared hitter in baseball. He has a rare talant of power and speed. The one thing that will always seperate him from the rest was his eye. He had a great eye for the ball. He never swung at bad pitches. He made you pitch strikes to him or you would have to walk him. That all translates to a high on base percentage and since he was a talanted hitter, a high slugging percentage as well.
Barry IMO is simply the best hitter there ever was. Played in an era that was far tougher than Ruth's. And dominated the atheletic era. Ruth domintaed an era of old out of shape guys with far less athleticism than todays ballplayers. When Barry breaks Ruth's record this year, don't expect him to stop there. I see him breaking Aarons, and even exceding that and passing 800 homeruns before he retires.
A very rare talant of power and speed. Barry has over 500 stolen bases and 700 homeruns. He will be close to 500 stolen bases and 800 homeruns when he retires for good. Don't expect to see another ball player like that for the rest of your life. Enjoy Barry's dominace while he's still playing.
Whether you're a fan or a hater, sometimes its nice to see people give credit where credit is due. Barry is still hobbeling around on busted knees and still dominating the plate. Sometimes when your good, you have the right to be as arrogant as you want to be. Had Barry been more media friendly and kissed peoples ass to get people to like him; maybe his popularity would be higher. I don't think Barry was ever concearned about being popular. Just superior. And with that said. Lets just say I look foward to seeing Barry dominate the plate one more year with his superior skill.