Regarding Aaron and 755, Bonds is quoted as follows:
"I promise you from the bottom of my heart I won't be in the game that long," he
said. "I guarantee you that. I'm going to be on vacation."
Of course, I've heard any number of conflicting things being said over the
years. At one point, he said that when he reaches 500/500, he'll hang 'em up.
The other thing he said, probably more reliable, is that he plans to play until
he's 40-something, since he knows that his body is capable of it. So what I see
here is Bonds doubting that he's going to have enough HR by the time he reaches
age 40-something to be within very close striking distance of, or surpassing,
755. I assume that he wants to play only as long as he keeps up a level of
performance he's satisfied with, meaning that if he drops, say, below 20 HR a
year, he'll decide that he's had enough.
Note that he says that he won't be around "that long," in which case he's
thinking that it would take him well into his 40s to have a good shot. But if,
say, he reaches 700 by his age 40 season (2005) and can still hit 30 a year at
that point, it would be crazy for him not to pursue the most coveted record in
the game. I would say that he's just being modest about his expectations for
how many he'd have 5 years from now, but would still be around more than 5 years
from now to pursue The Record if he exceeds his own expectations.
If I'm not mistaken, at the #500 press conference, someone asked him about
reaching his godfather's mark of 660, and he said that he wouldn't be around
long enough for *that*, which would be baffling since he's now virtually right
on track to do just that, and had stated before last season that it would be
something he'd have to shoot for.
The reasonable thing to conclude is that, if he stays around until 40-something
like he most likely will, we'll then know about 5 years from now whether he'll
have enough to stay around to pursue The Record. So it shouldn't at all be
ruled out at this point.
>There was just a long thread on how the media would treat Bonds if he began a
>chase of the HR single season record, and today, in the Chicago Tribune, Phil
>Rogers had an article on the topic. It probably is on the Trib's website,
>http://www.chicagotribune.com, but I didn't bother to look for it.
>The article focuses on mostly on Bond's chances of breaking McGwire's record,
>and throws in the possibility of beating Hank Aaron's career HR record, as well
>as Rogers Hornsby's single season SLG National League record.
>The tone is mostly fair, but there were two really unneccessary comments. The
>first is calling Bonds "The little smart aleck", and the second about if he
>enters a chase for Aaron's record, the only thing that may stop him is getting
>hit by a Brinks truck. Actually, the latter was just stupid and should have
>been edited out.
>One thing that I do think we will hear over and over again if Bonds get into a
>hunt. First, PacBell's short right-field porch (but Rogers does mention) that
>Bonds is hitting more homeruns on the road since PacBell opened.
>The article also mentions that Bonds has not visited good homerun parks like
>Enron, Coors and Wrigley yet.
>A pretty good overall tone, but I think that is what you can expect, generally
>favorable comments with a few smartass remarks thrown in.
A is A Exterminators
Here to check your premises