Some personal accomplishments celebrate the game of baseball. Cal Ripken in 1994 I believe broke the record set by Lou Gerig. That was a personal accomplishment. But at the same time, it sort of took the game back to what it once was.....you had to tar and feather a player to get him out of the lineup. It's not that way anymore, just look at Manny Ramirez.Originally Posted by M2
In 1998, Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa achieved personal accomplishments. But they really rescued the game of baseball, bringing many fans back from the strike. They renewed interest in the game.
In 2001, Barry Bonds broke McGuire's record. This came just weeks after September 11. People were looking on a milestone to clamp onto just to direct attention away from the horror in New York for a few hours.
Ken Griffey has been through hell in his 5+ years in a Reds uniform. He has fought and clawed to get healthy enough to continue playing the game he loves when he could have taken his millions to Orlando and retired. When he returns to form through hard work and accomplishes a major milestone like that, why not go show your appriciation?
I don't think there's anything at all wrong with going to see a player go for a milestone. Milestones don't happen very often. It's neat to tell your grandchildren that you saw Ken Griffey, Jr.'s 600th homerun. Now sure, you're going to have people that show up for the sole purpose of seeing that, but I'd say for the most part from my experience last year that most of the crowd in attendence was focused on the game as well.