2000s - 9 (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey, Jr., Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield
2010s - 1 (Albert Pujols)
You can say what you want about PED users but diluting the importance of 500 home runs was the biggest impact. And we can also stop pretending that steroids didn’t help with power. (This does not mean that the players shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, heck pitchers were using too.)
Maybe people will give Pujols more credit if he’s the only 500 home run hitter of the decade. (Unless you think he took PEDs, too.) But until we get back closer to the norm we’re going to yawn when we hear someone crossed the 500-home run plateau.
That’s the place where all the shittiness happens,” said the child’s father, Lee Tendering, adding that the Cubs have been fucking up at Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. “Your grandpa used to take me here to watch the Cubs suck when I was a boy, and hopefully someday you’ll bring your son here to watch the Cubs suck.
On April 8, 1974 Hank Aaron knocked an Al Downing fastball into the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen for home run number 715, making him the all-time leader, passing Babe Ruth. After he came around second base two young men ran up behind him, patted him on the back and fled the frame. The two 17-year-olds are now as connected with that home run as Aaron, Downing, announcer Vin Scully, and Braves pitcher Tom House, who caught the ball.
The boys, Britt Gaston (brown jacket) and Cliff Courtenay (navy sweater), were arrested and were bailed out by Gaston’s dad, who was at the game with them. It may be the best $100 ever spent.
The boys were lucky they were only arrested. The previous season and into April 1974 Aaron had received numerous death threats from those who felt a black man had no right to surpass the achievements of a white man. Aaron had even hired a bodyguard. Britton and Courtenay may just as easily been beaten to a pulp. But Aaron, after what appears to be a slight moment of panic, shrugged them off.
Britt Gaston, who passed away at the age of 55 on September 3, 2011, reunited with Courtenay and Aaron in 2010 for the first time in 36 years.