Racism blamed for Barry Bonds' problems: Tiger Woods must be the next target
I have been a huge baseball fan ever since I can remember. I not only loved going to Braves’ games as a kid, I loved learning about the ghosts of baseball’s past. It intrigued me to hear stories about Babe Ruth calling his shot; I thought it was facinating that Mickey Mantle was so drunk when he played that he could never even remember what pitch he liked to hit, yet he still managed to produce the way he did. And while I am not as involved with the sport as I used to be, this is a big week in baseball for anyone who has ever been remotely interested in America’s pastime, as Barry Bonds is about to pass the Bambino on baseball’s all-time home run list. To the dismay of many, Major League Baseball has decided not to celebrate Bonds’ passing of Ruth, mainly because it is uncommon in this country to celebrate second-place achievements.
As Bonds has inched closer to this record, there have been many writers, players, and fans who have declared that Bonds is a victim of racism. Others have insinuated that managers are actually conspiring against Bonds to keep him from reaching Ruth and Aaron.
Using this logic, the leaders of golf (a gentlemen’s game) have some work to do for the next five years. As Tiger Woods approaches golf’s version of Babe Ruth in Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus on the all-time major wins list, Tim Finchem, Billy Payne, and the British media have a plan to keep Woods from succeeding simply because he is not white. This plan most likely consists of, but is not limited to the following:
1) Granting Fuzzy Zoeller an exemption to each of the majors because of his historic contributions to the game, and putting him directly in front of Woods’ group. The genuis of plan will be in allowing Zoeller to wear metal spikes and inconspicuously stomp around each hole prior to exiting the green.
2) Causing Steve Williams to have a “freak accident” in one of is race cars (most likely resulting from “brake failure"), and Tiger reuniting with Fluff, until Fluff is arrested for posession of marjuana, leaving Tiger to lug his own bag.
3) Banning Tiger from future Masters, explaining that, “Interracial marriages are not conducive to the traditions of our tournament.”
And if all of this fails, they’ll just accuse him of using steriods.
Racism certainly exists today, and it is a serious problem not only in this country, but all over the world. However, certain situations in which racism is automatically blamed are counter-productive, as they give less validity to the cases in which injustice actually occurs.
Colin Cowherd, host of ‘The Herd’ on ESPN, addressed this topic yesterday, and gave perfect examples of why racism is not what is hurting Bonds right now. What is actually hurting Bonds is the fact that he is not likeable and he does basically nothing to change his persona.
If Tiger Woods’ chase is actually sabotaged, then people can stand on their roof tops and cry racism; don’t hold your breath though- Tiger will break the record without the help of performance-enhancing drugs (and without being a jerk), and he won’t put himself in the same position that Bonds is dealing with now. Thankfully, there won’t be ANYTHING for which people could blame racism, and we’ll officially crown Tiger the greatest player, white or black, of all time.
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I don't think Tiger has to worry too much. I'm still not too sure how much racism is involved with another unamed young golfers detracters but I guess we'll never really know for sure.
The real answer is Bonds is a self-righteous jerk, doesn't care, and probably never will care. It's nobody's fault but his own.
I find it hard to believe that Steroids will ever be a major problem in golf. Bulking up too much would actually be counter-productive because of the flexibility problems that would bring.
Good, thought-provoking stuff. As a white guy, I definitely will accept the argument that non-whites suffer from racism in ways I don't really comprehend. It is there and always will be to an extent.
But, honestly, for someone to lament over the racism Bonds is undergoing now? It's an insult to Hank Aaron.
Aaron was a great player, teammate and just a credit to baseball. And he started out in the Negro Leagues. Hammering Hank went through living hell to break Ruth's record and he came through respected and with class.
Anything Bonds is dealing with is of his own making, and not a 100th of what the great Aaron went through.
Tiger deals with racism. I worked on the sports page of a good-sized newspaper a while back, and we'd get hate mail for running Tiger stories -- regardless of how often Tiger won, which as we know is/was more than anyone else. Yet people complained, and used racist language to get their points across.
Still, Tiger now is in that Michael Jordan area -- the majority of sports fans of all colors are mesmerized by someone who can be so great at a sport. And his ability to handle his fame (unlike Bonds) is something the vast majority can respect.
As for steroids in golf: They aren't just about bulking up. It could happen, and likely already has and is happening.
Great article. I think Tiger and Bond's approach to their respective games is what makes them so different (likeable). Tiger practices diligently and has the utmost respect for the game of golf. His talent and motivation make him a great role model. Bonds has always been a jerk since his days at Arizona State, where the majority of his teammates voted him off of the team. Luckily, his manager cut him a break. Keep those articles coming, see you this weekend.
But it will always be an argument as to who was the most dominant golfer of all time. I'd have to say Bobby Jones. In the 8 year period culminating in his retirement at the tender age of 28, he won 4 US Opens and 3 (British) Open Championships. The kicker is that he only entered 3 Open Championships in those 8 years. Of those other 4 US Opens that he did not win, he finished 2nd in 3 of them. There was no Masters back then and since he was an amateur, he was not eligible for the PGA Championship. I won't even mention the Amateur titles, but he did all of this while playing only about 80 rounds/year. How soon we forget!
You are right on as usual. Collin Cowherd is how I spend every weekday from 10-1. You know it, and I know it.
Bonds is a whiner.
05/18/06 @ 15:26
It’s funny how people will still consider babe Ruth the greatest home run hitter of all-time. Yeah he Hit 714, that’s great.... But remember. He played against all white players. His legacy would have been different had baseball been segregated at the time. No-one can say for sure what he would have hit, but it would have not been the same if he played against the players in the Negro league. And why do people constantly move Hank to the side, as if his 755 just some how doesn’t count. Its like saying if you jump 10 feet and I jump 14 feet, you are some how still better then I am. That makes absolutely no sense at all. How can you deny the numbers? If it were the other way around would people still feel the same? If hank Aaron had hit 714 first and then babe came along and hit 755, would people then say Hank was the best? Absolutely not. Why, because Hank Aaron is black and the Babe is considered white. Think about the Boston Celtics. How is it that Larry Bird who only won 3 titles is considered the greatest Celtic, when Russell won nine and coached the team? That’s Cleary racism at its finest. Some one please prove me wrong. If you are honest with your self you can't deny these facts. Greatness should not be based on skin color but numbers and merit. I love all people, why can't every one else do the same.
ight man.... peace
Be safe man....
That said, one reason some people say Babe was a greater home run hitter than Hank, is that Babe hit homers far more often. Hank averaged one homer every 16.37 at bats. Ruth averaged one homer every 11.76 at bats. Aaron never hit 50 home runs in one season. Ruth did several times. And Ruth spent his first 3 to 4 seasons pitching -- he was the beste pitcher of his era. Had he played every day back then, he would likely have hit well over 800 home runs in his career.
stats.... the babe was so much better than everyone
of his era. a year or two he hit more homeruns than any other team in the league. he leads very stat available in hitting in the same number of bats .... i think bonds is a great player maybe in the top 5 but i dont think he is the greatest ..even with the help of steroids he still comes up second to ruth in the same number of at bats. race should not b a factor, i think wilt was the greatest basketball player ever .....but u know , bird was good too !! hey u dont ever hear about pete maravich still holding all the college scoring records.......racism....lol
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