Should there be an * next to 600?

August 4, 2010 1:14:30 PM PDT
The son of a friend of mine son was at the Yankees game today, and tonight he's over the moon. His name is Alex and his hero is Alex, as in Alex Rodriguez.

So 8-year-old Alex was there to watch 35-year-old Alex become the seventh player in baseball history to hit 600 home runs.

An exciting moment for any young baseball fan. And it would be an exciting moment for all other fans as well, if there weren't something just-plain-wrong about the whole thing.

How many of A-Rod's homers should have an asterisk by them? I've no idea, but if we're to believe Mr. Rodriguez when he admitted that he took steroids, then some of these long balls become questionable. 100? 200? 300? 400? The Yankees slugger may be the only one who can answer the question with certainty. But I suspect that's not going to happen.

I will not be the one to mention any of this to my young friend Alex. But one has to wonder how the elder Alex feels about all this, as he celebrates and pontificates and tries to forget that it took him nearly two weeks to go from home run number 599 to number 600, a period of time when we're assuming he wasn't on steroids.

Oh, sure, there are some who will call me Mr. Debby Downer. But pardon me, please, for not getting excited about this "milestone" of Mr. A-Rod's. There are now seven players who have hit more than 600 home runs; there are those who say that 3 of them should have asterisks by their names, including the leader, Barry Bonds, as well as Sammy Sosa and Mr. Rodriguez. All have been implicated in baseball's steroid scandal.

We're covering the story, tonight at 11. Sports Anchor Rob Powers will lead our coverage. And we're asking what you think about the issue. You can CLICK HERE for an informal poll on our website. I'll include some of your comments in tomorrow's blog.

Also at 11, we're in Manchester, Connecticut with the latest in that workplace massacre. Some of the workers who survived yesterday's shooting are speaking tonight. Our Joe Torres is there, and he'll play the chilling 9-1-1 tapes from the moments right after the shootings.

And I'm curious how many peeps out there look around their own workplace after this kind of rampage and wonder who might snap. I just sayin'.

We'll also have the latest on what seems good news in the Gulf of Mexico. The seal seems to be working on the leaking BP oil well, and it could very well be sealed permanently. The most astonishing news is that the federal government today reported that 75% of the leaked oil has been either scooped up, evaporated or otherwise gone. Wow.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

BILL RITTER

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