Tonight at the Atlanta Braves home opener the team will be honoring legendary slugger Hank Aaron with a pre-game ceremony and concert to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famed 715th homer that broke Babe Ruth’s record.
ESPN.com is going to take it even a step further than the Braves, with a plan to “re-enact” the famous dinger in a live telecast on the website called “Aaron 715: Live in 2014”
From a story by AwfulAnnouncing.com -
ESPN.com will start this reenactment at 7:15 p.m. ET tonight, with photos, videos and “reports” from the now-demolished Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta. Network baseball insider Jayson Stark will even serve as an “on-site” reporter. He’ll provide updates, statistics and player reaction throughout the evening, culminating at 9:07 p.m. ET, the exact time Aaron hit the home run 40 years ago.
There are many who still consider the 715 mark to be the sacred cow of home run records, feeling that the so-called “steroid era” has no place in the record books.
This could be ESPN’s way of giving a subtle nod to that notion, while honoring a man who has brought nothing but grace and dignity to both the Braves organization, and to Major League Baseball as a whole.
Overkill? Not a chance. Number 715 is something that should be rightfully celebrated.
As should number 755.