Jonathan Villar hit the 6,106th home run of the season, breaking the previous record (set last year, I might add) with weeks to go. Teams are demolishing home run records left and right. The home run is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, play in sports; there's the unparalleled beauty of the crack of the bat, the wonder as the ball sails majestically through the air, and the tension built from the seed of doubt that it might drop into an outfielder's glove, a tension released when the ball clears the fence and the celebration begins. In other words, once the Icarus superstars of your sport wearily and repeatedly plead the fifth to members of the United States Congress about the home runs, the image was burned into the minds of fans and pundits everywhere—an image of glorious flight and a crash and burn that signified the great and terrible power of the home run.
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