Alfonso Soriano makes history
Before the 2006 season, there were three players that could say they had gained entrance to baseball’s 40/40 club. The 40/40 club features some of the most elite players in the game’s history, those men that had the power to hit 40 home runs and the speed and wits required to swipe 40 bags in the same season.
So, on September 16, 2006, when Washington Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano stole his 40th base of the season to pair with 45 home runs, he joined Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) as the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to club 40 long balls and rob 40 bags in the same season.
“I thought this was supposed to be an elite club,” remarked Soriano after learning the players he was joining in the 40/40 club, “but it turns out they’ll let just about any [expletive] in.”
Soriano’s frustration originates from the fact that he is the only player in the 40/40 club that is not linked to performance-enhancing drugs; Canseco, Bonds, and Rodriguez have all admitted to taking steroids at least once in their careers.