Lots of people claim to be "old school," but they're not. I am.
Need proof? I get the newspaper every day. Need more proof? I read it, front to back. Need still more proof? I even read the agate pages in Sports!
For all you kids out there, the agate pages are those filled will bits of stats and facts and other minutiae and the print usually is really small. So small that us old-schoolers need good reading glasses.
Oh, and for all you kids out there, a newspaper is ... oh, forget it.
Anyway, something in the bottom right corner of the baseball agate page in today's Charlotte Observer caught my eye. It was a string of items in the This Date In Baseball feature that AP makes available daily. Here is the string:
1988 - Jose Canseco became the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one season.
2000 - Rafael Palmeiro became the 32nd player to hit 400 home runs.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run, breaking the major league record for shortstops.
2001 - Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit three home runs in a game three times in a season.
2006 - Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run, an NL record.
Yep, in baseball's last quarter century, Sept. 23 was a big day for juicers.
Going forward, it's going to be interesting how the game deals with its history concerning this period.
It's difficult for the game to be proud of its heritage when so many of its major milestones were established by guys who got where they were by jabbing themselves in their keisters with syringes.
I mean, how many records and notable achievements involving home runs from 1985-2005 weren't influenced by steroids?