8/07/07 "A Touch of Class Hank Aaron Style"
OK..I am still at work tying up loose ends. Its almost 11 pm, and folks still here are glued to ESPN. Barry Bonds did it. He hit number 756. I know what you're thinking. I am too.
But just watching the reaction of the crowd in San Francisco is what television does best!! We bring you the moment, the emotion, and the pictures in a way no medium can.
But the most poignant moment of the night came from former Milwaukee Braves star Hank Aaron! His taped message gave me goose bumps. It was sheer class. Aaron's words.. "I move over now and offer my congratulations to Barry and his family." The home run legend was not there, but his message underscored something sorely lacking in this country today. Civility in the face of controversy.
It would have been just as easy for Hank Aaron give a harsh lecture, voice strong opinions, or even take verbal shots at the man who broke Aaron's storied record after 33 years.
Aaron could have even preached against the use of steroids in professional sports. He may have even reminded America about the racial taunts he experienced for breaking Babe Ruth's record. But tonight, no lectures from the legend.
Hank Aaron's message proved that when a person has true character, class and dignity, there is no time out. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say, the big hero at AT&T park tonight was a man who was not even in the stands. And for many of us in Milwaukee Hammerin Hank" will always be our home run hero!