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Gone are the heroes of old

POSTED: April 12, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Earlier this week, the Atlanta Braves celebrated their home opener with a loss to the Mets.

Okay, so maybe losing to the Mets was no celebration, but don’t nit pick.

Either way, what happened before the game was quite a celebration.

The Braves’ organization brought out Hammerin’ Hank Aaron and honored the anniversary of his breaking the home run record.

More than once, Atlanta cheered as Aaron was announced as "The true home run king," obviously considered as a slight towards Barry Bonds.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was on hand for the ceremony when someone asked him his thoughts on the Braves recognizing the hometown hero in such a way.

Selig simply said, "I’ve said as much myself, and let’s leave it at that."

You know what? I like that. I like that Selig was so bold about his opinions regarding Barry Bonds and the home run record controversy.

But let me ask you this. If Selig, the man in charge of baseball, feels like Hank Aaron is the real record holder, why isn’t he still the official record holder?

That, friends, is a question I can’t even begin to answer.

What I can say is this. Because of Bonds’ transgressions, along with those of other baseball players, we live in a world where records come with asterisks and our heroes come with stains.

Sure, it may be hard to argue who the greatest player of all time is. That’s a subjective argument with opinions and extenuating circumstances. Sure. Okay.

But there should never be a question about a record holder. When you’ve reached that day and age, you’ve reached an era where everything has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Except your steroids. You can still take those straight-up, according to most.

 

If all of this sounds familiar to you, it may be because you heard me discuss it on Winder’s AM 1300, WJBB. I go on the air most mornings at 8:30am to dicuss sports with The Morning Dish.

Feel free to tune in! You won’t regret it.

 

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