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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bonds Away

I happened to be penciling some strips late last night and caught the Bonds home run live. Obviously, I'm no fan of the guy but I was glad it happened at home so he could have a true moment of glory before the rest of us dampened the celebration. The muscles may be out of a bottle, but the eye-hand co-ordination is still remarkable.

Willie Mays was always my hero, and his presence gave Bonds some credibility in my book. But Willie looked not so much like the godfather as the Godfather in his role last night. I never caught a smile pass between them nor a look of pride. Mays looked like a security guard protecting his quarry.

And the moment at home plate struck me as symbolic. Bonds' son hugged his dad but dad pointed at the sky, to his dad presumably. Talk about a missed opportunity for the sake of a photo op. If your son hugs you at the climactic moment of your career, here's a hint: take a moment and hug him back.

Nobody else is saying it, but I found myself wondering if Bonds had stayed in the game might he have helped his team win, by the way? In Barry Bonds world, the outcome of the game was insignificant compared to his solo accomplishment. Get more symbolic than that.


at 8/8/07, 10:01 AM Anonymous Mo Money said...

Bonds many Enquirer subscriptions have been cancelled thanks to your cartoons,Jimbo?

at 8/8/07, 11:23 AM Anonymous John CArey (NJ) said...

"The shot heard 'round the world."

Mays was my hero, too.
(Years ago I got Mays' autograph when he "wrote" his autobiography. Same with Mantle. Mantle was surprisingly unaffected and friendly, but Mays was a surly guy.)

PS I remember trying to get Hank Aaron's autograph after a game at Crosley Field. (Actually "trying" isn't the right word -- I didn't want to bug him.) Hank was on the phone in the dugout. I hung out and watched him until he finished and then he totted away across the field to the locker room.

It's something to remember, especially in light of the Bonds' hoopla, that Aaron was the last player from the Negro Leagues to reach the Majors.

at 8/8/07, 11:59 AM Anonymous dan said...

Bonds isn't fit to clean the shoes of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey Jr., and most of the others who came before him or play with him.

at 8/8/07, 2:06 PM Blogger ewad said...


at 8/8/07, 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Obviously I'm no fan of the guy..."

Of course. It would be politically incorrect to be a fan of the guy.

at 8/8/07, 7:59 PM Anonymous cookkenusa said...

Bud Selig kind of spoke for a lot of "put-off-ex-fans-of baseball" with his sublime expression the other night after Barry Bonds tied Hank Aarons home run record.
His disinterrested "look" is how I've felt about the sport for a quarter century..just a what..overpaid athletes..overpriced agency...too many teams in too many markets..the watering down of the elite tier...yeh Bud, your look reflected me..the casual fan. So, thank you.
A picture speaks a thousand words..or about 755 home runs.
Also..many in the Hall of Fame expressed disdain for Pete Rose and have stated that if he were inducted they would politely request that they themselves be removed from such a tarnished, what now when "Barry Cometh?"

at 8/8/07, 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, I hate all of your political cartoons, but your non-political ones (the challenger, bonds, etc.) are great.

at 8/9/07, 2:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 biggest frauds of my lifetime.
"I didn't bet on baseball"
"I did not have sex with that woman"
"Weapons of mass destruction"
"This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period,"

Barroid Bonds isn't fit to wash Henry Aaron's, Willie Mays', or Josh Gibson's jockstrap.

at 8/9/07, 1:09 PM Anonymous Aristotle said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa anon 2:25am... did you just rip on a democrat AND republican?!?! I didn't think that was allowed. Don't you have to be either a pansy liberal nutjob or a stubborn conservative pyscho?

Wait a minute... maybe you can like people and ideas in both parties (and dislike things in both parties as well). Then maybe we'd have more than a 2 party system, and the government would stop squabbling along party lines and get something accomplished for once!

Also in my dream... I saw a skinny, lanky, athletic Barry Bonds (circa Pittsburgh era) being more embraceable than a cactus, and competing with Junior Griffey to see who will reach 600 home runs first.

Hey, a man can dream, right?

at 8/9/07, 7:18 PM Anonymous J.C, said...

I see that Aristotle is contemplating the bust of that homer.

at 11/18/07, 4:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati has their own set of rules (right and wrong)

at 11/18/07, 4:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you get rid of the drugs, they'll come

at 12/7/07, 10:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonds to make court appearance
When Barry Bonds shows up for his 9 a.m. (Pacific) hearing today, it will mark the home run king's first public appearance since he was indicted on Nov. 15 -- and an event that's expected to draw hundreds of journalists, protesters of various causes and the just plain curious.

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