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People should lay off Barry Bonds

Posted by phduffy on 2004-03-25 11:14:52
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Okay, I know that I"m pretty much the only person here that likes baseball.
Still, I'm going to write something about it.

If you pay attention to the sporting news, you'll notice that baseball is currently having a small steroids scandal. Part of the reason for this is because baseball is run by the most incomptent of the 4 commisioners, Bud "Once a used car salesman, always a used car saleman" Selig.
However, that's for another article.

Another big reason is because San Fransico based company BALCO has been charged with distributing steroids, and some of their clients include Jason Giambi, Garry Shefield, and Barry Bonds.

For those of you that don't follow baseball, Bonds set the record for most homeruns in a season, and is also one of the top 10 baseball players of all time, and one of the top 3 outfielders. (And this is being conservative. Some people would put Bonds first overall, or behind only Ruth and maybe Williams).

Well, Bonds was merely a Hall of Famer until his late 30's, when his continued excellence made him one of the best of all time.

Why does any of this matter?
Well, Bonds doesn't really like the media. He's quiet, and doesn't say much.
The media don't like this very much. So instead of saying he's quiet, they say that he's reclusive, moody, etc. In fact, last year after a game, the reporters were scrambling around Bonds. Bonds' young son was there, and Bonds said "Back off, you're crowding my son, back off, watch out for my son!".
What got reported? Bonds telling the reporters to "BAck off! Back Off!"

Okay, you now may be wondering how this all ties together.
It's simple. The media has decided that there's a steroid problem in baseball. Despite the fact that Bonds is the same height and weight as Brett Favre, he's a roid freak, while the NFL, (which is so full of players on roids I don't understand how anyone could argue otherwise) gets a pass on its players.
Apparently Bonds having a great season when he's old, or Bonds having a big head make him a roid freak.

The allegations look even worse when we find out that Bonds' personal trainer worked for BALCO, and has been charged.

Okay, so now you're saying, dude, why are you writing this? He must be on steroids, right?

Well, read this:
http://www.playboy.com/magazine/big_guy/

NOTE: This is a playboy magazine article! Don't go there at work!

For those of you that don't want to read it, let me quote one particular passage:
He's such an asshole to the press," Novitsky said. "I'd sure like to prove it (that Bonds is on steroids)."

Novitsky is the lead investigator.
If you read mroe of the article, you'll see that Novitsky, and the feds, have an unholy hatred for Bonds. They didn't set up to find out who was on steroids, they set out to nail Bonds!

Another factor: (thanks to a poster on primer for this) Boxer Sugar Shane Mosley had to testify before the grand jury in the BALCO case, as he was also a client.

Boxers are tested before and after their fights.
He had three fights in the period in question, and came up clean every time.

So what do I think happened?

I think BALCO was into all sorts of strange things. I think they were at the cutting edge of supplements. And I think Bonds probably took their supplements. I suspect he took THG and other supplements that were legal at the time, but that aren't legal anymore.
Basically, I figure he did something that's ilegal now, but wasnt' then.
And someone set out to prove that Bonds was on roids, because he's an arrogant sucessfull black man, and we can't have that.

If you're interested, I got most of the thoughts and ideas for this from
http://www.baseballprimer.com/clutch/archives/00011179.shtml#comments_148


Bottom line: It's rare that you get to see someone dominate his game the way Barry Bonds does. He actually changes the game. So back off and enjoy, he won't be around much longer.
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