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On October 1, 1961, Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record (60) on the last game of the season. He ended up with 61 home runs in total. Throughout the 1961 season, Roger was considered an “outsider”, and wasn’t consiered “Yankee material.” Mickey Mantle was an American icon at the time, and a lot of fans didn’t want to see Roger break the record. He wasn’t very big on talking to the media, went about his business in quiet fashion, and was a family man. With all that said, he was sent hate mail by the fans and he was booed out of his own ballpark.

Maris’ record stood until Mark McGwire broke it in 1998, totaling 70HR’s on the season. Barry Bonds than hit 72HR’s in 2001. With all the people who admitted using steroids, and allegations surrounding others, many believe (including me) that Roger Maris still holds that single-season home run record. I didn’t grow up at that time, but from what I can tell….that was one magical season.

“It would have been a helluva lot more fun if I had not hit those sixty-one home runs.” – Roger Maris

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From Forbes.com:

The Most Disliked People In Sports

According to the latest surveys by California-based E-Poll Market Research, these 10 sports figures rank lowest on the public’s likability scorecard. Candidacy was limited to active athletes, coaches, managers, owners, agents and broadcasters. A 10% minimum awareness level with the American public was also a prerequisite.

Alex Rodriguez: New York Yankees: Percent Dislike: 45%

A-Rod is down five spots from last year, when steroid talk dominated the conversation and his (championship) ring finger was still bare. Then again, Tiger and Roethlisberger did plenty to jump ahead of him since then, while McGwire only became eligible this year after taking the Cardinals’ hitting coach job.

From the NY Daily News:

Things got better for A-Rod, a year after he admitted using steroids while he played with the Texas Rangers. While 57% of people disliked A-Rod in 2009, only 45% of people disapprove of him Wednesday.

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  A.J. Burnett #34 Of The New York Yankees Pitches Against The Texas Rangers

The Pitching:

You never really know what you’re going to get from A.J. Burnett on a given day. He’s an inconsistent pitcher, but is said to have some of the “best stuff” in baseball when he’s on his game. Yesterday, he certainly was at his best. A.J. pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing no runs and struck out seven batters. His pitching line was:  (W, 2-0) 7.0IP 6H 0R 0ER 2BB 7K (111 Pitches, 68 for Strikes).

Aceves came on in the 8th inning, and he was flat-out horrible. He gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. He recorded one out, and was quickly replaced by Damaso Marte. Marte recorded the last two outs of the inning without giving anything up. Joba Chamberlain entered the game in the 9th inning, posted up a scoreless frame while striking out two batters.

The Offense:

Derek Jeter went 3-for-4, picking up a run and 2RBI’s. Mark Teixeira actually picked up a hit, going 1-for-4 and knocked in an RBI. A-Rod hit his first home run of the season, passing Marck McGwire for 8th place on the all-time HR list. Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson are two of the hottest hitters coming out of the gate this season. They both picked up two hits in yesterday’s game. Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 on the game, picking up 2R and an RBI (also picked up his 5th stolen base of the season). (more…)

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The Goose speaks out about people who cheated the game and the Hall of Fame:

From the AP: 

NEW YORK – Goose Gossage watched Mark McGwire’s televised confession to steroids use and was happy his former teammate came clean. That’s where the praise ended, with the Hall of Fame reliever saying there should be no place in Cooperstown for McGwire or any other player who used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I definitely think that they cheated,” Gossage said Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “And what does the Hall of Fame consist of? Integrity. Cheating is not part of integrity.”

For Gossage, Hank Aaron still holds the career record of 755 home runs and Roger Maris owns the season record of 61. The Goose tosses out the fantastic figures posted by Barry Bonds, McGwire, Sammy Sosa as part of a “cheating era,” dismissing them as if they were scuffed baseballs being rolled to the clubbies. He equated them with Pete Rose, barred from the Hall ballot because of his lifetime ban for betting on Cincinnati while managing the team.

“The integrity of the Hall of Fame and the numbers and the history are all in jeopardy,” said Gossage, inducted two years ago. “I don’t think they should be recognized. Here’s a guy Aaron, we’re talking about the greatest record of all records. And he did it on a level playing field. He did it with God-given talent. And the same with Maris, absolutely. These are sacred records and they’ve been shattered by cheaters.”

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Mark McGwire finally came clean today and admitted to taking steroids during his baseball career. In a statement sent to the AP, he says that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. He used steroids when he broke Roger Maris’ baseball home run record in 1998.

“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

“After all this time, I want to come clean,” he said. “I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I’ll do that, and then I just want to help my team.”

He called commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa earlier in the day to personally apologize. McGwire also used human growth hormone, a person close to McGwire said. Mark said he took steroids to get back on the field, which sounds a lot like our very own Andy Pettitte (who apoligized two years ago when he admitted using HGH).

It’s Barry Bonds’ turn to admit to taking steroids. Will Roger Maris ever get his home run record back?

Long Live 61* (more…)

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     Put yourself in A-Rod’s shoes. Is it really that easy to come clean? You know deep down inside him..he wants to be the best player to ever play the game. He is obsessed with statistics. You have to think that if these allegations are true, and he admits it..it will be very difficult for him.

     Now how will he be treated if he comes clean? I’m sure the fans would boo him in other ballparks, but how about in Yankee Stadium? They didn’t boo Pettitte and Giambi. I know I wouldn’t boo Alex…

     This is a life changing moment for Alex. Just one question: Did you use steroids back in 2003?

     He is in a different situation then most other players who were stamped as steroid users. This is because he is under contract to be a Yankee until 2017! Could he admit he took steroids and gain his career back? He definitely won’t be viewed in the same way he was before, but he could make the situation a whole lot better.

     Then the HOF question is brought up? IF Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa..and all those other guys don’t get in..why should A-Rod? He was a LOCK, no doubt about it HOFer, but now things have changed dramatically. People are now questioning whether he is even worthy of being in the hall or not.

     There are some many questions you can think of right now. It’s just amazing how things have changed over the past few days for Alex. First Joe Torre’s book..and now this.

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