Baseball is a sport that places a high premium on statistics. Even when you go back before the dawn of the sabermetric-era, box scores and stat sheets on the backs of baseball cards were how we stacked up our favorite players up against each other. And what competition has more iconic records than baseball? Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Cal Ripken Jr's 2,632 consecutive games played, and Cy Young's 511 wins are some of the most unassailable placeholders in all of sports.
But when you have a guy like Barry Bonds coming along and breaking the all-time home runs records, suddenly, everything about the game feels cheapened. Should there be an asterisk next to his name in the record books? Do we need to go back and start scrutinizing all of the past greats to see if the same should be done for them? A sports fan should never have to ask themselves these kind of questions.