Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, May 29, 2006

Barry Bonds

I am not a baseball fan. I find I have enough sports to occupy my attention with Pro and College Football, College Basketball, NASCAR, and the occasional soccer game. But, I also really don’t like Barry Bonds who just surpassed Babe Ruth’s homerun record. So I wanted to include some info about the two from the Washington Post about which was the better baseball player. Remember The Babe actually stated off as a pitcher (Washington Post, May 28, 2006).

-Babe Ruth still has the all-time 12th-highest winning percentage (.671) and 15th-lowest ERA (2.28) among all pitchers with at least 100 career decisions.
- In 1920, Ruth hit 54 homeruns which was more than 14 of the other 15 teams in all of baseball. In 1927, Babe hit 60 which was more than every other American League team. Remember back in the day homerun hitting was not a big part of the game as it is now.
- Ruth still has the highest OPS in baseball history which is on-base percentage plus slugging percentage. Babe’s OPS was 1.164 while Bonds is fourth on the list at 1.052.
- Ruth hit 714 homeruns in 8,398 at bats or a homerun every 11.76 at bats. It took Bonds 9,246 at bats to hit 714, or one homerun per 12.95 at bats. Bonds had 848 more turns to tie Ruth.

Oh yeah, and Ruth never took steroids or any kind of cream to rub on his arms which are covered in some sort of mid-evil armor.


Blogger Always On Watch said...

I am a baseball fan. Babe Ruth was the perfect athlete and could break training yet still perform to the max. As you pointed out, no steroids for Ruth--he got his stats honestly.

Barry Bonds's record wasn't honestly achieved and shouldn't count!

Mon May 29, 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but laugh at everyone who cries "cheater" on Barry Bonds, all the while, we are bombarded with ads promoting prescription drugs that will cure whatever ails you. And people everywhere are taking these things, going to doctors and demanding the drugs because they're pretty sure they've got what the ad described. Doctors go ahead and prescribe for fear of a malpractice suit. Keep in mind, during Bonds ALLEGED use, there was no testing in baseball, and it wasn't "against" the rules. Yes, Bonds is a world class A-hole, yes, there is a better than good chance that he used some performance enhancing supplements, but it is equivalent to some jackass who "just can't deal with things" taking an antidepressant, or someone who "needs" to have a bigger wang. Bonds is a phenomonal athelete, drugs or no drugs, a 7 time MVP. The name of the game is butts in seats, and Bonds delivers, love him or hate him, the fans come out. He tried to maximize his performance, and at the time, there were no rules against it. It may be unethical, but until he tests positive in the current system, there's not much they can do about it. And please don't point to that hack job of a book that just came out as some sort of proof. Between the illegally leaked Grand Jury Testimony and the questionable sources that book really is crap. I'll finish my rant with this: for Always on Watch, Ruth the perfect athlete who could break training and perform to the max???? Ruth did no training, he was a fat, cigar smoking, hot dog eating wonder everyone in America looks up to him.

Mon May 29, 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

oooh.... i definetely have to dome some baseball postings on my blogs.... how fun!

Mon May 29, 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

mental note- i will stay out of the sports arena on m y blog! :)

Mon May 29, 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on! SOmebody argue with me...damn you Conservatives!

Tue May 30, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Ruth was an American, the fat guy who gets it done so we love him, he was the Babe who lived life on his terms and enjoyed every minute of it. He loved kids and was fun to be around and played for the love of the game.
Bonds, despises the media, acts like playing a game is somehow a chore, and regardless of whether it was not tested before, he knew what he was doing when he took steroids.
I’m not going to send hate mail to Bonds, but I sure as hell won’t root for him either.

Tue May 30, 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Like the banner that the Phillie fans unfurled in Bonds' honor:

"The babe did it on hot dogs and beer."

My money for best-ever is Aaron, though. How do those stats match up, Ruth to Hank?

Tue May 30, 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I don’t have Ruth-Aaron stats, but the best ever is still Ty Cobb.

Tue May 30, 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word to that Publius, Ty Cobb was and always will be the best. The man became a home run hitter at one point in his career to prove that he could do that if he wanted. The banner QD refers to had a 2nd part, where it said that Aaron did it with class (no argument there.) As was pointed out in a recent issue of the Sporting News, how ironic is it that Philly fans were talking about someone having class?

Wed May 31, 05:32:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I can’t speak on Philly fans; I have never actually stopped in Philly or even driven through it from what I can remember. Although wasn’t it Philly fans that booed Santa?

Wed May 31, 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly fans are some of the roughest. Look at it this way, any football stadium that has it's own court/judge and jail cells is a stadium for a rough crowd. My wife is from just outside of Philly, and I keep Phillies and Eagles gear in the car when we go just so i can fit in. Keeps me from getting my ass kicked too, which is always a bonus.

Thu Jun 01, 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I think people get a bit too carried away with their “support” of their local sports team. I just can’t stand it when some says “we,” like they play for the team. Unless you are the coach, a player, or the owner, you are not a we. Now, if you want say we with your college team, I don’t have as much a problem because I figure you gave tens of thousands of dollars to that school and helped pay for those scholarships and you were a part of that school. But, otherwise don’t say we.

Thu Jun 01, 10:25:00 PM  

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