Thursday, May 17, 2007

Barry Bonds and the Drugs Saga

For the past year or so, everyone has been voicing their opinion on Barry Bonds and the all-time home run mark. In 1995, another one of baseball's hallowed records was within reach by a modern-day player. Cal Ripken Jr. was a season's worth of games away from passing Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played mark.

On the night of Sept. 5, 1995, Cal surpassed Gehrig and became the all-time leader in consecutive games played. It was an accomplishment that no one ever believed could be attained, especially in the wake of an era of overpriced egotistical athletes. Through it all, Ripken continued to play, setting a mark of 2,632 consecutive games played. I find this record important for two very appropriate reasons: it was a record that no one thought would be touched and because of the way baseball celebrated the moment.

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