I hope no one posted this already, but I found this bit on Yahoo and I don't particularly agree with it.
By Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com
Breaking a record held by Babe Ruth was once considered sacrilegious. Now it is almost passť.
Rickey Henderson became the latest to surpass Ruth by eclipsing his career record for walks Wednesday night. Henderson took a ninth-inning bases on balls from the Phillies' Jose Mesa to notch No. 2,063.
The lone major career record still held by Ruth is his slugging percentage of .690, which is a whopping 56 points higher than the No. 2 man on the list -- Ted Williams.
The Babe still holds two important single-season records as well -- 170 walks in 1923 and an .846 slugging percentage in 1921.
For one thing, no one really likes Rickey, and he's been playing so long I don't think anyone cares what records he sets as much as other players, because if you keep playing until you're 50, they're all going to fall anyway.
Second, walks isn't necessarily a sought-after record to the same extent strikeouts or homeruns are. People always ask "How many dingers have you hit? How many RBIs?" No one ever asks "how many walks do you have?". It's a part of the game, not something you readily keep track of. And a lot of it is luck; some people are thrown pitches right down the middle all the time, so never have a chance to draw a base on balls; others always see the pitch high and outside. It also depends who's up next after you (as you probably know Maris didn't draw an IBB once in '61 because he had Mantle behind him...)
I think this writer was expecting some sort of nationwide celebration a la Henry Aaron or Mark McGwire, and when he didn't get it he made assumptions.
I'd think most people would quite impressed to pass the Babe, almost undisputably the best player of all-time. Just the association should be enough to give you an ego boost.