Saturday, November 03, 2007

Taking History Into Their Own Hands

An enlightening exchange between Steven Rubio and the Baseball Hall of Fame, on the subject of Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball.

The Hall's key defense of displaying the ball with the asterisk intact:

In our opinion, the baseball speaks to many significant parallels between baseball and culture in 2007, some of which include: a representation of baseball fans’ sentiments about the home record, for a one-week period in September 2007; a symbol of the adversity Barry Bonds had to endure in passing Hank Aaron to become the all-time home run champion, and; the passion baseball fans have for baseball history, as evidenced by the popularity of the online poll, in which 10 million votes were cast during a one-week period.

By that line of thinking, had someone written the "N word" on Hank Aaron's 715th home run ball, it would have been just as acceptable.

1 comment:

Steven said...

That's a great analogy ... wish I'd thought of it!