Topic: "Bonds-v-Skvara" (3)
"This is not sports."-- Jonathan Alter, NEWSWEEK, speaking to his two teenaged sons while watching the Democratic Debate in Chicago last evening; just after Steve Skvara uttered the following, "What's wrong with America, and what will you do to change it?"
"I congratulate Barry Bonds, and his family, on this historical event."--Henry Aaron, ATLANTA BRAVES, speaking on video to the throng in San Francisco who had just watched the 756th career home run hit by the Giants outfielder.
Two moments in history, dear reader. One will be chronicled as long as interest remains, and the other will be no more than a footnote. Frodo has been contemplating the hypothetical this evening, wondering if he would rather be Barry Bonds or Steve Skvara. If he were Bonds, he would have wealth beyond comprehension, and he would have an open door into any place he'd ever dreamed of being. If he were Steve Skvara, he would sit across a kitchen table looking at the woman who had shared his life, thinking that now, when she needed him the most, he would be unable to provide basic care for her well-being.
A foolish question you say, dear reader?
Baseball has always been a part of Frodo, but right now he could care less. He watched a good man last night, whose career ended in disability brought on by an accident in a motorcar. The good man who had been promised a pension, and affordable health care for his service, watched his former employer collapse into bankruptcy. All of the promises made dissolved, leaving him unable to either work or to provide for the good woman who had been with him all along. With courage and emotion he turned his lonely eyes to those on the podium and asked them if they were Joe DiMaggio?
Frodo stood and cheered. Steve Skvara hit a home run, and it went further and meant more than all of the tape measures wrought by the actions of Barry Bonds. Jonathan Alter got it right, and his sons are fortunate to have a father so wise.