The Steroid Era's Final Act
Well, it's safe to say that Barry Bonds hitting home run number 756 off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record qualifies as something big. Accordingly, I'll probably remember exactly where I was at on the night of August 7th, 2007 for the rest of my life. Here, let me set the scene:
I'm upstairs in my room after an uneventful day, having decided to follow Bonds' home run chase there via ESPN radio instead of downstairs on the TV because my mom has to get up for work at three in the morning and I don't want to wake her up. I'm starting to doze off, but I hear the guys on the radio cut to San Francisco Giants broadcaster Jon Miller for Bonds' upcoming at-bat. Understandably, this wakes me up. After all, even though I don't like Bonds, I've been following his at-bats for the past couple of days because, well, history is history.
Like any great announcer calling any great home run, Miller's voice climbs in unison with the ball as it streaks away. His voice reaches its peak when the ball's flight finally ceases, now in the right-centerfield stands, engulfed by a mob of fans.
Simple as it was, it's a night I'll always remember, sitting in my room as history unfolded before me. What's more, is that I'll remember feeling exactly the way I thought I would, like some giant cloud had come and settled over Major League Baseball.
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