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Thursday, April 20, 2006

People Who Hate Barry Bonds


So with Bonds all over the news for good reasons (not hitting home runs), and with people feeling sorry for the guy, and with this site struggling for something to write about...I began to wonder if even I wanted Barry to hit a home-run or two. But then I remembered the point of this site and I thought back to author Douglas Adams and that fateful day in May of 2001.

On a full count in the 4th inning, Barry hit a 410' blast to right-center field off Steve Trachsel (thanks a lot Steve). It was his 12th home-run of what was to be 73 that year (I can't even do that on Playstation...thanks a lot steroids). Sometime later at a gym in Montecito, California, famed author Douglas Adams had a heart attack and died. He was only 49.

Adams wrote the much beloved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and had an overall keen sense of the universe and also of the Earth blowing up; an event that occurs at the beginning of Hitchhiker's Guide. When Barry went yard, Adams probably had an epiphany concerning the significance of that home-run and the many future home-runs to come and therefore the end of the world. It is easy to write about the world blowing up in a comedy/sci-fi fictional work, but a little bit more difficult to contemplate the actual end of the world. His heart couldn't take it and therefore Douglas Adams HATES Barry Bonds.

Interestingly enough the plot of the Hitchiker series involves finding the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. A computer was designed to find this answer and it came up with the answer to the ultimate question: 42. In the books the characters go on trying to find the ultimate question which will give some explanation to the ultimate answer. But maybe these characters and/or Douglas Adams simply weren't baseball fans, because if Barry Bonds were to hit 42 home runs from here on out, no more no less, no matter how long he plays...he will have 750. Five short of the record. Certainly lots of damage will be done by 42 more home runs but at least the world won't blow up.

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