Major League Baseball is not planning any celebration for Bonds if and when he tops Babe Ruth’s mark of 714 home runs, commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday.
“Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record,” Selig (above, right) said. “We don’t celebrate anybody the second or third time in.”
Selig does not figure to be in San Francisco ” or in Milwaukee or Philadelphia, where the Giants play next week ” as Bonds nears Ruth.
“We celebrate records, that’s what we do. We’re being consistent,” Selig said during the Associated Press Sports Editors annual meeting with league commissioners. “There’s nothing to read into that.”
Ruth is second on the career home run list, trailing Aaron’s total of 755. When Aaron broke Ruth’s record in 1974, commissioner Bowie Kuhn was not in attendance. Kuhn’s absence rankled many, including Aaron.
Selig said he had read Game of Shadows but not seen Bonds on Bonds, the ESPN reality show about the slugger’s life.
I do, however, have it on good authority the Commish is a very big fan of MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen” and rarely misses an episode.