Posted at 9:00 AM on September 15, 2006
by David Zingler
With 16 games to go, Ryan Howard sits at 56 homeruns. Ten years ago, this would have captivated the nation, but the syringe-soaked era of the late 1990s and early 2000s have left us all a little jaded.
If the Phillies slugger does surpass the 61 homerun mark, what does that mean? Since we now have steroid testing and there is nothing to suggest the contrary, we have to assume he’s clean. When you consider that Mark McGwire won’t talk about it, Sammy Sosa denied it only after it was dragged out of him and the mountain of evidence against Barry Bonds, the most logical assumption is that they were not.
I think using asterisks is silly and erasing records is ridiculous, but, to me, Ryan Howard will be the standard that homerun hitters are judged by in the future if he hits No. 62. As for McGwire, Sosa and Bonds; they’re just beginning to get what they deserve....