I got an interesting email today from the good folks over at InsideTheMonster.com, and they told me they have begun a campaign to get baseball fans, and specifically Red Sox fans, to give Barry Bonds the cold shoulder as he approaches Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755 home runs.
They formed a new web site called, "BACKS2BONDS." It basically asks fans in parks where Bonds will be playing to stand and turn their backs when he comes to the plate and show him what you think of his chase of Aaron's record. I am on record as never having been a fan of Bonds, and I feel very badly that Aaron's record now looks like it will fall to someone as classless and arrogant as Bonds. (My apologies to my friend Ken in California, who is a huge Giants and Barry Bonds fan. I guess we'll just agree to disagree on this one, Ken.)
I was a big Hank Aaron fan as a kid, and I'll never forget the night he broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974. (He was breaking a Yankee's record, so that put me firmly in Hammerin' Hank's corner.) It's sad that a man of such dignity as Aaron, who had to endure such garbage as racist hate mail and death threats on the way to home run 715, has to be put in such a situation like this.
There is a possibility that Bonds could reach the record by June 15th, when the Giants are at Fenway playing the Red Sox. (Bonds is in for a real rude welcome there, as Sox fans haven't forgotten how Bonds played the race card three years ago about never wanting to play in Boston, a city he's never been to in his life.) I don't advocate anything like abusive behavior towards him like throwing objects or threats. Giving him the cold shoulder would be a better thing, but I'm sure he probably wouldn't care anyway.
And as far as the steroids mess goes, just read "Game Of Shadows."
If you'd like to check out the site and endorse it, go to: http://www.backs2bonds.com/
I'll have more about Bonds as he gets closer to the record. But as you might guess, it won't be of a positive nature.