In this edition of EndScore Report, we speak on Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome joining an elite club by hitting his 600th home run of his career. There are only seven other players that have achieved the feat - Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa. Who else will be able to reach this great MLB milestone? After the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, we don't see anyone else joining the group for a long time. LISTEN UP!
DV and Chris give their "In Your Face" to a pair that lost with some degree of also, as Charlie Sheen might say, winning! Barry Bonds was found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, but beat three other charges and still owns MLB's home run record. Rory McIlroy lost on the last day of the Masters, but still has a hot girlfriend named Holly Sweeney. Regardless, listen up they both get an "In Your Face!"
Barry Bonds, the former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants slugger, has been found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, but a jury of eight women and four men couldn't come to a verdict in regards to three other charges. The obstruction charge could carry a 15-21 months jail sentence, however, similar verdicts for other athletes involved with the long-time steroids case involving BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) have brought six months to a year of home confinement. Something similar should come to Bonds, who has constantly denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Speculation will always abound and Bonds will likely always be dogged by this situation. The next judgement will be for the Hall of Fame and it'll be interesting how the voting goes.
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If you’re curious about how much the baseball schedule has changed over the years, just take a look at the history of October 5. At one point in time, playing in the cold month of October was reserved only for the lengthiest of seasons. Now, thanks largely due to a growth in the playoff format, we’ve actually seen baseball extend right through the month and even stretch into November.
Last night in a game against the Cincinnati Reds Barry Bonds hit lifetime home run number 751, making himself just four home runs away from the alltime record of 755 home runs. The home run came against pitcher Aaron Harang. With an 0-2 count Harang threw a fastball right down the pipe, which proved to be a mistake. However, Harang had no regrets about how he pitched Bonds in the at bat.
“You can’t be scared to go after guys like that, especially when there’s nobody on or it’s early in the game,” Harang said. “That’s what I tried to do with the third one, and he was right on it.”
Dan Devone is back with another edition of the End Score Report. This time Dan tackles:
- De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The fight that was supposed to save boxing was a waste of cash.
- What happened to good boxing? Roger Clemens Returns to Baseball - $28 million to play for the Yankees.
- David Ortiz: Doesn’t think Barry Bonds is on steriods. What?!?
- Golden State Warriors are the funnest team in basketball, fantastic in the post-season.
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On Monday night Barry Bonds became two homeruns closer to the all-time Homerun record. He now has 737 career homeruns, and the all-time record held by Hank Aaron is 755. The San Francisco Giants would go on to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5. Bonds hit the first of his two homeruns against Zach Duke, and the second against Shawn Chacon.
Washington Nationals 2B Alfonso Soriano joined Jose Canseco (Oakland Athletics, 1988), Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants, 1996), and Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners, 1998) in the elite 40/40 club, where the four players hit at least 40 home runs and stole 40 bases in a season. The historic moment happened in the first after Soriano reached base on a single off of Milwaukee Brewers SP Dave Bush and on a 2-0 count to SS Felipe Lopez, stole second uncontested.
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