August 8, 2007 12:00 AM
There it is. As Neil Young once so eloquently put it: the needle and the damage done. Bonds has left his ugly mark on the great game of baseball. Hopefully the record he has sullied will not last long. A-Rod or Albert Pujols will do their best to erase this national nightmare quickly, but will the game ever really be the same? Will we ever really be the same?
The legendary Hank Aaron will now be second on the all-time home run list, which, for me, is the most difficult part of all of this. Aaron, the proud, brave, warrior who stood strong in the midst of racial tension will always be remembered as one of baseball's most enduring heroes. Barry Bonds on the other hand will only be recalled with disdain for the game he has tarnished by cheating his way into the record books. It is, next to the the Black Sox scandal of 1919, baseball's darkest hour.