Some baseball fans are extremely passionate, to put it lightly.
And when they discuss sensitive topics such as the legitimate home run record, debates can get very intense.
For some people, however, that’s the single-season home run record: 61 dingers.
They defend this notion because the only period in which that number was surpassed was in the steroids era.
That’s officially the record, but many fans and specialists believe that, since Maris and Judge were/are clean, they should be the record-holders.
Roger Maris Jr., who witnessed Judge’s date with history on Wednesday, is in that camp.
He stated that if Judge hits one more, he should be recognized as the home run king.
The Debate Is Intense
However, many people disagree because even though his name is tied to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds played at a time in which a large percentage of hitters also used steroids.
Judge, for instance, recognizes Bonds’ 73 as the legitimate record.
The debate on social media is, for the lack of a better word, intense.
Yankees insider Lindsey Adler told a hilarious story about an email she got.
“Truly amazing that ‘Roger Maris Jr. comments on home run records’ was the final emotional straw for so many people today. A man sent me an email containing 26 f-bombs about it,” she tweeted.
Truly amazing that ‘Roger Maris Jr. comments on home run records’ was the final emotional straw for so many people today. A man sent me an email containing 26 f-bombs about it.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) September 29, 2022
That person is really affected by who holds the home run mark.
The discussion will go on for years, as people evidently takes these things seriously.