In Major League Baseball during the late 1990s and early 2000s, at least half the fuckin league was juiced up. There is no other explanation for the ridiculous power surge we saw during this time. We saw Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both pass Maris’s HR record in the same season for fucks sake. None of the changes though were more prominent than one Barry Bonds.
On October 4th 2001 Barry Bonds hit his 70th HR of the season to tie Mark McGwire’s single season record set in 1998. With the MLB season being delayed a few days in September, Bonds had a few games left after this HR and eventually went on to break the record and finish with 73 HRs. This is undoubtedly a record that we will not see broke in our lifetime.
Barry Bonds went from a skinny little bitch to a jacked up roid head who was built like a brick shithouse. The change was evident to anyone who watched baseball and when it came out that steroids played a huge role in this era it all clicked.
The one thing for me is that it never made sense for Bonds to juice up like everyone else. He was a 3 time MVP before the transformation and one of the best all around players the game had ever seen. The most glaring stat of all time is that Bonds hit more than 50 HRs only once in his career. That was in 2001 when he hit 73. His career high outside of that was 49 and that was the year before.
I don’t know why the fuck he did it, but Barry Bonds decided to taint what would have been a Hall of Fame career with some fucking steroids. What an asshole! Either way 73 is still impressive as shit regardless of whether or not steroids were involved.
The most HRs in a season since Bonds hit 73 is 58 by Ryan Howard in 2008. This record will not be touched, ever!