Remember when Tony Dorsett passed Jim Brown on the NFL’s all-time rushing list in the late 1980s? CBS did not disrupt local coverage with Dorsett updates as he grew closer to Brown. Few even saw Dorsett reach the milestone live. Those who did will tell you that Texas Stadium was not equipped with confetti to celebrate the feat. A feat that would only draw a small blurb in the local newspaper.
You want to know why? He was the second guy to do it. Walter Payton already had the rushing title and—as a general rule—American’s don’t like second place.
Just ask Buzz Aldrin.
So why are ESPN pinheads such as Joe Morgan, John Kruk and other analysts surprised that America doesn’t care about Barry Bonds passing Babe Ruth? They can spend the better part of their airtime talking about what a great accomplishment it is, but nobody is buying it.
This isn’t about Bonds being a bad dude, a wife beater, or a cheat. Sure, those things don’t help, but it’s just not that interesting to be in second place. In a rare instance, Major League Baseball should be applauded for ignoring Bonds this past weekend. Not because the guy is more juiced than the Ferrari that Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. drove in Cannonball Run, but because it is a dull story.
If Bonds could keep his Balco-produced body in shape long enough to give Hank Aaron a run, give us a ring. Otherwise, nobody is interested no matter how badly ESPN wants us to.