Monday, August 06, 2007

Historic weekend

So many things happened this weekend in sports, where should we focus our time?

Barry Bonds finally tied Hank Aaron for the home run record. The happiest person, Bud Selig, was there to see it. He stood up, didn't clap and now is heading home because he was there for that and he doesn't feel it necessary to hang around until the record is broken. Odds are that Bonds will do it in his game tonight against Washington because Bud is gone. So obviously, Barry when you do, this Bud's for you!

ARod hitting his 500th homer was nice. He became the youngest person to join the club and he's heading down the path to breaking the all-time record. He will probably blow the doors off of whatever Bonds sets the record at. Best part was because it was down the line, close to being foul, that John Sterling couldn't be all obnoxious about the call.

Then there was the Hall of Fame football inductions. Usually these can be long and boring and this one was long, but it wasn't boring. Thurman Thomas asked his wife to marry him again. Michael Irvin gave an emotional speech about his life and what he has been through. Charlie Sanders finally taking the time to say "Hi Mom." He had never done it because his mom died when he was 2 and he never felt right about it. And then Gene Hickerson, being pushed by his running backs, as he suffers from Parkinson's. It was an incredible ceremony.

And by the way, they played a football game the next day. YIPPIE!!!!! Football is back!!!!

The runner-up for my favorite moment of the weekend was Tiger Woods taking Rory Sabbatini out to the woodshed and kicking his butt on the final round at Firestone. Tiger was the only golfer under par and won by 8 strokes. I hate to say this because it may sounds nuts, but it was never THAT close. He just dominated a very difficult golf course. I know this because I played there with my father-in-law and brother-in-law a few years ago two weeks before the tournament. The rough there is harder than anywhere I have ever played. For example, my brother-in-law hit and incredible drive on the first hold that took one small hop into the left rough. We knew exactly where the ball landed and couldn't find it. We walked for 10 minutes in the spot and to no avail. Wild stuff.

But my favorite moment of the weekend is something that we may not see again for a long time: 300 wins from a pitcher.

To start, Tom Glavine is a class act. He's one of the good men in baseball. I like him for no other reason than he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings to play hockey. I still think he made the right decision by throwing a ball. It was cool to see him become the 23rd person to reach 300 wins at Wrigley Field. It adds to the drama and history in my mind.

I have heard people say that all 300 wins proves is that you have longevity. While they may be right, isn't that something that should be rewarded? Say what you want about Cal Ripken's streak, but there's something to be said about showing up to work and working hard.

If you won 15 games for 15 years, you would be at 225 wins. Think about that? Isn't that impressive to win 15 for 15? How many people have actually done it? Not sure, but I bet you can count them on your hands. Randy Johnson is 16 wins away and he's just had back surgery and is probably done. The other guys close are old and far, far away. Glavine is the last of his generation of great pitchers to accomplish this goal. And depending on health issues and so on, it's up to the C.C. Sabathia's and Johan Santana's to run with it. But it will still be a long time till we see this goal accomplished again.

The question of the day is what was the most impressive part of the sports weekend to you? C'mon - open up and share your thoughts.... tell me if I am off base (ball).

1 comment:

Gil Wolchock said...

You can forget Santana and for Sabathia? Well he is 27 and has 95 wins! He would need to average 16 wins for the next 13 years.

It just won't happen, not in the era of 5 man rotations, specialist relievers who come in for the 7th & 8th. Just not enough starts or being in the game long enough.

While the new HR benchmark will go to 550+, the new Win mark will come to 250 or so for the 'automatic Hall bid'.