Yankees News: Barry Bonds says Yankees Should Honor Alex Rodriguez for #660
Barry Bonds, baseballs all-time leader in home runs, is having trouble understanding why the New York Yankees continue to ignore Alex Rodriguez needing just five more home runs to tie his godfather Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
"“Anytime anybody in the game does something that’s a great accomplishment, the game of baseball should celebrate that,” Bonds told Barry Nigthengale of USA Today Sports. “No matter what. Baseball is benefiting from that person’s hard work, so baseball should at least celebrate.Why the hate? Why hate on something you’re paying to see? I don’t understand it. He’s entertaining us. I wish life wasn’t like that.”"
Rodriguez, who hit his first major league home run since September 2013 in the teams Opening Series finale v. the Blue Jays last week, can activate a $6 million marketing bonus from his contract signed in 2007 by tying Mays at 660. As I reported earlier, the Yankees remain content on fighting the bonus in arbitration, arguing that the milestones are meaningless because of A-Rods suspension and his role in the 2013 Biogenesis Report.
However, Barry Bonds is in full support of Alex Rodriguez.
"“When Alex hits No. 660, I’ll be happy for him. Willie will be happy for him. Everybody should be happy for him. … And I can’t wait to until he hits 660. I know I’ll celebrate.”"
The ‘Say Hey Kid’ Willie Mays himself has no issue with the situation either.
"“I don’t think I have any feeling about it at all,” Mays told Christian Red of the New York Daily News. “Records are there to be broken. … I know where you’re going with this. I leave that for the fans to do.”"
Through the teams first six games of the season, Alex Rodriguez has undoubtedly been the best player for the New York Yankees. He has posted a .300/.417/.550 slash line, which trumps the combined .233/.318/.404 slash line posted by his fellow teammates. His .097 OPS is significantly higher than the teams overall .721 as well.
"“I told Alex, you don’t need to prove anything to anybody,” Bonds told USA Today Sports. “What do you need to prove? That you can hit another home run? That you can play baseball? Why the hell does anyone need to ask him that? He already proved it. The proof is over. If you want to prove something, prove how much you love playing baseball. Show them how much you enjoy playing the game. Enjoy the things that you love.”"
What do you think Yankees fans? Do you agree with Barry Bonds, or do you agree with the New York Yankees? Let us know in the comments below.